A new facility in Williamson County is one of just two full-size operating morgues in southern Illinois and is expected to be used by county coroners throughout the region.
Williamson County Coroner Mike Burke says the $300,000 morgue will generate revenue when other jurisdictions use the space for autopsies.
The new morgue has capacity for 20 bodies in two coolers. It has an evidence room and a room that can be used by detectives conducting death investigations. Burke hires a forensic pathologist to perform most autopsies.
The county board decided earlier this year to build the morgue instead of renewing the county's lease on a small building on federal property in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
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