NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The search for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana officially ended more than a month ago, but survivors returning to their homes continue to find bodies.
This has raised the death toll by another 104 people since Oct. 3 when the official search ended, reports USA Today. As of Oct. 3, the official death toll was 972.
The report said many of the newly discovered victims are elderly people who climbed into attics and upper floors to seek refuge from the rising waters throughout New Orleans' devastated 9th Ward.
New Orleans coroner Frank Minyard said: "Some people are just now getting back to their homes and to the homes of their relatives. The bodies are still coming in." He said there is no way to tell how many more are left.
In neighboring Mississippi, where much of the damage was in rural areas and was more obvious from the start, the death toll stands at 230, up nine since Oct. 3, the newspaper reported.