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Soldier remains dumped at landfill

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An investigation by the U.S. Air Force has found what it calls gross mismanagement in the handling of remains of the nation's war dead.

Now, the Pentagon is taking a closer look at this.

The Pentagon is taking a closer look at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary.

A year-long investigation found 14 allegations of wrongdoing involving the remains of four war dead.

There are two instances of lost body parts. Some of those ashes were actually dumped at a Virginia landfill.

This landfill is in King George County. That's just east of Fredericksburg.

An Air Force general admitted that ashes of some of the nation's war dead were dumped at this landfill.

The practice stopped back in 2008.

The Air Force says the remains didn't involve bodies, but what they call parts of bone and other DNA material.

The families of those who were cremated were not told the ashes were being dumped in the landfill.

Ashes are now scattered at sea.

The Pentagon is now working to make sure members of the military and families know that flaws in the handling of human remains have been fixed.

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