Kenny says he was notified Friday afternoon that a box labeled “MOVE” was found in the refrigerated area of the forensic office. After the comparison, Kenny says the remains appear to be bone fragments that Farley ordered to be cremated four years ago.
Farley’s resignation and exposure took place on the 36th anniversary of the 1985 bombing of the black organization’s headquarters. The five children were among 11 people killed by police in the bombing of MOVE headquarters, causing the fire to spread to more than 60 homes.
Kenny announced the opening in a statement late Friday night.
“I am glad that these remains were found and not destroyed, but I am also very sorry for the unnecessary pain this ordeal caused the African family,” Kenny said. “There are many unanswered questions, including why the remains were not cremated as directed by Dr. Farley. It is also clear that there are many areas for improvement in the procedures used by the Medical Expertise. “
“The investigation into this incident and the handling of the remains of all victims of the 1985 MOVE bombing will continue. I promise full transparency to the families of the victims and hope that this latest discovery can bring them some consolation. ”
The mayor says the remains will be returned to the African family after the investigation is complete.
Kenny has appointed Dr. Cheryl Bettigol as Acting Commissioner of Health, and a national search process will be undertaken to fill a vacancy for Kenny’s remaining term.
Forensic scientist Dr. Sam Gulino has been sent on administrative leave pending investigation.
These remains are separated from those that were revealed last month in the Pennsylvania Museum and then lost by researchers at Princeton after being transported there.
Contribution: Associated Press
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