I've read that most of the flight deck crew, Scobee, Smith, Onizuka, with the exception of Resnik were in identifiable condition aside from the severe trauma associated with impact and the ravages of salt water immersion for 3 months. Not pretty to say the least.
They think that from the condition that the crew compartment was found in, and using ballistics calculations that it impacted the ocean surface at a blistering 207MPH bottom first. As a result, the crew compartment was crushed upwards and out rendering the 3 occupants of the mid-deck, McAuiffe, Jarvis, and McNair to little more than unidentifiable remains among the debris. DNA identification was not available in 1986.
All of the bodies were recovered, but it was never determined how the astronauts died. It is assumed they died due to the impact with the ocean, and not the explosion itself.
In the ocean off of Cape Canaveral.
You know what happens when you leave the cover off the blender and then start it? That's the condition the bodies were in.
They were found in the crew cabin on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the coast of Florida.
They were not recovered And there is no eveidence to suggest they didn't go to the moon. Families were told the astranauts would be away for up to 7-10 days.
Their bodies would become very weak.
All the bodies were eventually recovered .