Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The L.A. County Coroner Would Like You To Be Really, Really Careful

Los Angeles, CA

Because they've run out of room. This has been a problem for some time now, with reports of bodies stacked double in the drawers or left in body bags in the hallways. Stories of rat and maggot infestations have been cropping up and the workers are demanding a new building.

So the County has finally taken decisive action. They've commissioned a study.

Right now there are over 400 corpses in the morgue and only space for 325. With a population explosion in recent years, and the difficulties of identifying and notifying next of kin, the corpses have been piling up, some staying as long as five months.

And let's not forget the backlog at the county crematory. About 90 corpses are cleared for the big burn, but County-USC medical can't take them.

I hope the County can see its way clear to fund new facilities and additional space to handle the backlog. Because if we have a zombie plague we are so fucked.

3 comments:

anne frasier said...

i smell a book.

James Lincoln Warren said...

If you really want to know how crappy things are in the forensics/ME communities, join Jan Burke's Crime Lab Project.

Trace said...

Oooh gross!!