Ky. hospital sues to force someone to claim body

July 8, 2011 6:48:36 AM PDT
The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force one of two county coroners to take possession of a body that has been unclaimed in the morgue for more than three months. University of Kentucky spokeswoman Kristi Lopez told The Lexington Herald-Leader that hospital officials have contacted relatives of Robert George, but no one has claimed his body. And, Lopez says, the coroners in Fayette and Pulaski counties refuse to take the remains for burial.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says George, who died March 27, is the responsibility of Pulaski County, where George lived.

Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield says George died in Lexington, making him the responsibility of the coroner there in Fayette County.