Identities of some Jonestown victims released after remains found in funeral home 

DOVER, Del. -- State officials have released the names of more than two dozen people, including some victims of the Jonestown, Guyana mass suicide-murder, whose cremated remains were recently discovered inside an abandoned funeral home in Dover after unsuccessful efforts to locate surviving relatives.

Thirty-eight sets of remains, 31 of which were clearly labeled, were discovered last month. They included nine victims of the 1978 Peoples Temple who were among more than 900 that lost their lives in Jonestown. Many of the Jonestown victims were residents of the Bay Area.

Authorities were able to contact the families of five of the deceased, including four Jonestown victims, shortly after they were discovered.

But officials said Monday that further efforts to contact family members of the deceased have been unsuccessful. The names released Monday included those of five other Jonestown victims.

Sixty-four-year-old Irvin Ray Perkins told The Associated Press last month that he had been unable to determine what happened to the remains of his wife, Maud Ester Perkins, who was 28 at the time, until Delaware officials contacted him.

Hundreds of decomposing bodies were brought from Jonestown to the Dover Air Force Base military mortuary in 1978. Some remains were never claimed or identified.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science found the remains in the former funeral home on a site visit prompted by a call from the property's current owner -- a bank, according to Dover police. Kimberly Chandler, spokeswoman for the agency, said the containers spanned a period from about 1970 to the 1990s and included remains from Jonestown, established by Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones.

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