NEW ORLEANS -- The search for Hurricane Katrina victims has ended in Louisiana with a death toll at 964, but more searches will be conducted if someone reports seeing a body, a state official said yesterday.
State and federal agencies have finished their sweeps through the city, but Kenyon International Emergency Services, the private company hired by the state to remove the bodies, is on call if other bodies are discovered, said Bob Johannessen, a spokesman with the state Department of Health and Hospitals.
''There might still be bodies found -- for instance, if a house was locked and nobody able to go into it," Johannessen said.
Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it had completed its role in the search because its specialties were no longer needed, including getting to bodies in attics or other hard-to-reach places or in buildings that may be structurally unsound.
FEMA performed almost 23,000 room-to-room searches in New Orleans with about a dozen teams of emergency workers.
Mississippi's death toll remained at 221.