The Nameless and the Dead

Connecting the unidentified dead with their relatives is no easy task -- especially when John Doe has 25 aliases

The brownish-gray ashes float on the water for a few moments before sinking slowly into the sea. There is neither eulogy nor ritual in this final farewell.

"We're not sure if they were Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or whatever," says Ihle. "I'd hate to be saying a prayer and putting my beliefs on someone who didn't share them.

"We figure they came into the world quietly and they should leave the same way.

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