Macon has challenge storing corpses

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MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County officials with three different agencies are trying to decide how to properly store human corpses.

The Macon Telegraph reports the county has been paying $100 per day to store each body in a funeral home’s mortuary cooler, while county commissioners, the sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office debate how -- or whether -- to rehabilitate or replace a cooler the county already owns.

When commissioners took over the former GBI crime lab next to the county jail, they got a mortuary cooler in poor condition with the property. But Sheriff Jerry Modena has resisted efforts to have his crime-scene technicians working near human bodies, and commissioners haven’t yet decided what to do.

During May’s budget hearings, commissioners heard of a plan to use a restaurant-type, walk-in cooler outside the county jail, which would cost about $2,500 and might save the county about $12,000 a year. It’s not clear when commissioners will decide, though.

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