Police, ministry work with families of dead, missing

5:16 pm on 26 February 2011

Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are working with families from several countries who have relatives who have died or are missing.

Ten staff are helping to provide support to the families from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Superintendent Wally Haumaha says part of the job is helping with the repatriation of the deceased.

He says that means giving respect and dignity to the victims as they are brought to the mortuary.

Mr Haumaha says a blessing ceremony was held at the Burnham Military Camp's mortuary yesterday.