BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana's official death toll from Hurricane Katrina (search) passed 1,000 on Friday.
The state Department of Health and Human Services reported that state officials and local coroners had recovered 1,003 bodies — 15 more than the total reported Thursday.
The increase puts the death toll from the storm at 1,242. Katrina killed 221 people in Mississippi, 14 in Florida, two in Georgia and two in Alabama.
Only 73 of Louisiana's dead had been identified and returned to their families by Thursday, not counting a few other bodies that have been released by individual parish coroners.
Louis Cataldie, the head of the state's recovery and identification efforts, said he expected another 60 bodies to be given to families for burial quickly.