More than 100 people working to identify victims

11:00 am on 28 February 2011

Police say more than 100 people are working as fast as they can to identify the victims of last Tuesday's earthquake.

The number confirmed dead in the earthquake is now 148, with about 50 people unaccounted for.

On Monday morning police named two of those killed as Natasha Sarah Hadfield, 38, of Kaiapoi and Owen Morris Wright, 40, of Lyttelton.

Superintendent Russell Gibson says says those identifying the bodies are determined to reunite them with their families.

A temporary mortuary has been built in under a week, he says, and the deceased are being treated with the utmost dignity.

It may take weeks or even months

The head of the police's family liaison team, Inspector Mark Harrison, says they are working closely with families to make sure no mistakes are made.

The identification process is picking up speed, he says, but some victims may not be properly identified for weeks or months.