WASHINGTON — Swimming pools around the nation are suffering from a lack of funds, but the bodies of a number of victims of a decades-long neglect have recently been discovered.
In the past three years, more than 3,000 skeletons have been discovered in pools in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reported.
The bones were found in pools and other outdoor spaces and some were buried for decades, and many had been on the ground for years, officials told the AP.
A small group of people who discovered the skeletons have now filed a lawsuit against the city of Newark, the city and the owner of the pools.
The lawsuit claims the city failed to keep proper records of the deaths.
Some of the skeletons are missing teeth and have broken bones.
Others were partially decomposed, the lawsuit said.
Other victims were found on the surface, with some missing limbs, the AP reported.
The skeletons were discovered in different pools, and some of the people who were there at the time have been identified.
“We are still searching for the missing bodies, the unidentified remains, to see if there are more,” said a police spokesman, who asked not to be identified.