Search for Ike missing slows to crawl

Oct. 12, 2008 at 5:11 PM

GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Officials say it will be another 10 days before they can recover the bodies of nearly two dozen people presumed dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

The victims were from the low-lying Bolivar Peninsula, which was inundated by Ike Sept. 12 and remains largely inaccessible to search crews who have yet to excavate demolished homes where cadaver dogs have indicated the presence of human remains.

The Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that only six bodies had been recovered and plans to methodically "peel back" layers of debris were proceeding slowly.

About 200 people remain unaccounted for along the Texas Gulf Coast, although officials believe a number of people are on the list by mistake and are safe and sound.

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