Oklahoma tornadoes: Most bodies of tornado victims released to families

Downed cellphone towers led to communication problems, resulting in a wrong number of dead reported after Monday's storm in Moore and south Oklahoma City.
by Juliana Keeping Published: May 22, 2013
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“The coolers now are no longer needed,” she said. “We're back to a normal operating basis.”

Workers placed camouflage materials on top of transport vehicles to shield bodies from media as the victims were brought into the facility.

Members of the staff — including Dr. Eric Pfeifer, chief medical examiner and morgue supervisor — went for three days without sleep to perform autopsies and return remains to victims' families, she said.

Some staff members showed up just to do what they could to support co-workers who were working late.

Members of the community volunteered to help, too.

“I'm from Oklahoma and all Oklahomans stick together,” said Krystal Martin, an Oklahoma City resident who stopped by about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

“I wanted to be here to help with whatever the people are doing. If there's anything I can do, I have two hands and the will to work.”


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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