Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Bernalillo County has a new webpage on its BernCo View transparency site which allows the public to search for unclaimed/indigent deceased persons from the county who have been cremated.
The Bernalillo County Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program steps in when indigent residents pass away and family members have no means to cremate their deceased loved one.
On the BernCo View transparency site, an unclaimed deceased person can be searched by name, including a first, middle, or last name, date of birth or date of death. The database will store information going back as far as seven years.
The transparency site can be accessed through the BernCo View tab on the Bernalillo County website at www.bernco.gov
. In addition to the ability to search unclaimed deceased persons of Bernalillo County, in-depth information regarding the Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program is also available to the public on BernCo View.
A memorial burial service will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 11 a.m., for deceased persons whose cremated remains have been in the county’s care for the two-year retention period required by state statute.
The service will take place at Evangelico Cemetery, 3816 Blake Road SW. The memorial service is open to the public. A list of those individuals who will be memorialized and interred can be found on BernCo View.
“I support and strongly advocate for this program that offers the less fortunate of our community a proper burial of their cremains in a public ceremony that allows them their dignity and our respect,” says Commissioner Art De La Cruz. “I commend Bernalillo County for offering this public service, especially those searching for their loved ones. People can log onto the website and by typing in the name they immediately find out if that person is deceased and if Bernalillo County has possession of their cremains.”
Individuals who wish to claim their loved one’s cremated remains before the burial service must contact the county’s Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program coordinator by Monday, July 8 at noon.
The program coordinator will be available during the July 4 holiday weekend -- Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
The county spends about $70,000 annually to cremate unclaimed/indigent persons.
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