Published: Apr 13, 2010 12:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The bodies of all 29 West Virginia coal miners have been recovered after a blast killed them last week.

Jama Jarrett, a spokeswoman for the state mine office, says the last bodies were pulled from the mine around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The bodies will be sent to the state medical examiner for autopsies.

Federal investigators arrived Monday to begin their investigation but could not begin their work until all victims were recovered.

Investigators will determine what caused the blast, considered the worst mining disaster since the 1970's.

Meantime, families of the dead continue to honor their memory with funerals and memorial services.