In December, 2015, a single grave was dug at Los Angeles County Cemetery to receive the cremated remains of 1,300 persons who had been sitting on a shelf in the medical examiner's office since 2012. Even the most optimistic know that more than likely once they're in the ground forever, they'll remain unclaimed and in many cases unnamed.County officials wait three years between death and burial to give family members a chance to come forward.
In December 2017, over 1,500 people that had been waiting since 2014 will be buried. In 2016, the number of people was 1,430. Los Angeles has been burying the indigent, unknown and unclaimed since 1896.