Mortuary supervisor at Dover Air Base resigns

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-02 16:19:20-05

(WTVR) – The mortuary supervisor at Dover Air Force Base has resigned, according to the Washington Post.

Quinton “Randy” Keel, 44, also Dover’s former mortuary’s division director, turned in his resignation and cleared out his desk, according to officials.

Additionally, an Air Force spokesperson told the paper that Keel was no longer employed by the Air Force. [WASHINGTON POST: Dover Air Base mortuary supervisor resigns]

Keel’s resignation comes after an investigation by the Pentagon found that the mortuary at Dover had not only sent  some U.S. troops’ remains to landfills — but also some remains of victims from the 9/11 attacks.

Dover AFB is where the remains of deceased U.S. armed forces first arrive home from overseas. How the Dover Port Mortuary (DPM) handled military remains caused an uproar last November, and the new report says much the same thing happened to remains from the Pentagon attack and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site of September 11, 2001.

Of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks, 224 were killed at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

The report says that in 2002, some unidentified and already cremated remains from those attacks were placed in sealed containers, handed over to a biomedical waste contractor and then transported in containers and incinerated a second time.

CNN contributed to this report.