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Officials OK Expansion of Coroner's Facilities

August 16, 2006|From Times Staff Reports

The Board of Supervisors gave the green light Tuesday to a $32-million project that will renovate the coroner's aging facilities on North Mission Road and add up to 5,000 square feet to reduce overcrowding of bodies.

In May, coroner's officials complained that lack of space coupled with increasing caseloads had forced them to stack bodies and move them out of refrigerated crypts and into hallways for short periods. The office's morgue, designed to hold 300 to 350 corpses, was instead faced with storing as many as 447.

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