American Rescue Plan money could be used for morgue in St. Joseph County

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Some American Rescue Plan money in St. Joseph County will go toward setting up the first county morgue.

The County Council on Wednesday approved the coroner’s request for $380,000, reports WSBT-TV.

The money will be used to buy and upgrade a building where autopsies can be performed and bodies can be stored.

Right now, autopsies are done in Kalamazoo or Fort Wayne, and bodies are kept at a local crematorium, according to WSBT.

Jordan tells WSBT that once the morgue is set up, she will start looking for a forensic pathologist to do autopsies and maybe help out in neighboring counties.

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