When Bodies Go Unnoticed – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com.

The discovery of the body of James Gales — a Vietnam War veteran whose remains were found on Saturday in a housing project in Canarsie, Brooklyn, evidently months after he had died — was reminiscent of past episodes in which the bodily remnants of humans were uncovered long after they had died. It is an occasional event in the life of the city that prompts wonder: how, in a place so crowded, with so many daily human interactions in the hallway, on the sidewalk, on the subway, in the store and elsewhere, can someone die without notice?

 

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