McLean County coroner needs more space

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Bloomington, Ill. (AP) -- The coroner in McLean County in central Illinois says she is "astronomically busy" this year and needs more space for her office to do its work.

 

Corner Beth Kimmerling says she needs room for three forensic pathologists, paper records and bodies that come to her from 17 counties in Illinois. Last year the office performed nearly 470 autopsies from outside McLean County.

 

Kimmerling says a cooler that holds between 15 and 20 bodies is often at capacity.

The McLean County Board transferred nearly $60,000 to Kimmerling's department earlier in March. That money is to pay for the high volume of autopsies last year.

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