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Even in death, MJ can't find place to call home

HE spent the last few years of his life on a globe-trotting odyssey, and now in death Michael Jackson still seems unable to find a permanent home.

On the certificate recording Jackson's June 25 death, the entertainer's body is listed as being at Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Memorial Park, but that location is listed as temporary.

Nearly two months after his demise, no amended death certificate has been filed with Los Angeles County.

With the announcement on Monday that the county coroner's office had completed its autopsy of Jackson, coupled with reports that investigators had returned a portion of Jackson's brain to his family, rumors of where his final resting place might be swirled across the Internet.

But the people who know exactly where he is and where he might be going aren't saying.

Forest Lawn spokesman Bill Martin declined to say if Jackson's body would be laid to rest permanently at the cemetery or if it is still there, citing the family's request for privacy. Family spokesman Jesse Derris offered no comment.

In an interview broadcast last Friday with CNN's Larry King, Jackson's older brother Jermaine said he would like to see his sibling laid to rest at Neverland Ranch, the bucolic estate in central California's wine country that the entertainer bought in 1988 and turned into his personal Peter Pan-like wonderland.

But Jermaine Jackson said it would be up to his mother, Katherine, to make the decision.

For Jackson to be buried on private property, his family would have to get approval from both state and local authorities.

Before local officials would sign off they likely would want to schedule public hearings, said Nicole Koon, deputy communications director for Santa Barbara County.

"Certainly there would be a review process that would be triggered when and if that permit request comes through to the county," she said.


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