Feb 14, 2010 9:26 AM by Associated Press

College's body farm may need city approval

City officials might have a say in whether Mesa State College will be allowed to temporarily leave
human corpses to decompose near a residential area, which has some neighbors worried about odors and disease.

City Attorney John Shaver says he's studying the issue. College officials plan to set up a so-called "body farm" which will help students prepare for criminal investigations by studying donated bodies to see how they decompose.

The facility would be in a fenced-in area within a 154-acre parcel owned by the college in the Pear Park neighborhood east of Grand Junction, which has more than 4,300 homes.

An opening date has not been announced. After a few years, the facility would be moved to a new, permanent location.


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