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Committee discusses possibility of forensic pathology facility in northern Michigan

An ad hoc committee met for the second time Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a forensic pathology facility in Grand Traverse County.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- While the jail ad hoc committee was meeting, another ad hoc committee was exploring the possibility of building a forensic pathology facility in Grand Traverse County.

With no facility in the area, committee chair Cheryl Follette said the county spends nearly half a million dollars a year to send suspicious deaths to Kalamazoo for an autopsy.

Tuesday's meeting was only the second time the committee has met and a lot of questions still need to be answered.

"What would it cost to do something like this, what potential partnerships would there be out there for us, could this become an income stream which would be really great, and those are all questions we don't know the answer to yet," said Follette.

The committee plans to have a tour of the now closed Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley to determine whether that could be a possible location.

They plan to meet six or seven times before making a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.

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