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December 31st, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Search delays compound families' grief

(CNN) - A sad homecoming for some of the passengers on the doomed jet, as two bodies - victims recovered from the Java Sea - arrived in Surabaya, the same city their fated plane left early Sunday morning.

The numbered caskets, escorted by rescue workers and soldiers, hammered home the devastating reality that the 162 souls who boarded AirAsia Flight QZ8501, including 18 children, are almost certainly all gone. So far, Indonesian officials say rescue teams have recovered a total of seven bodies, including a woman wearing a flight attendant's uniform.

All of them will ultimately wind up at hospitals or morgues for the grim but necessary process of examining and identifying the bodies, to give families closure and to look for any evidence that might strip away the layers of mystery about how this jet went down.

Clues that might give the families and friends of the passengers - and the world - some answers.

CNN's Andrew Stevens reports live from Surabaya on the latest.

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