South Bend chiropractic office could become St. Joseph County morgue

SOUTH BEND — It’s been a long wait, but it looks like St. Joseph County is finally going to have its own morgue. 

St. Joseph County Commissioners are expected to decide Tuesday whether to allow the purchase of a former chiropractic office at 1622 East Mishawaka Avenue that will ultimately be refurbished and outfitted to serve as a morgue. 

Earlier this year, the county approved spending $380,000 in money from the American Rescue Plan for Coroner Dr. Patricia Jordan to buy and renovate space for a morgue. 

For more than a decade, coroners here have complained about the county’s lack of a morgue.

A morgue would ultimately allow the county to perform its own autopsies rather than sending bodies to Kalamazoo or Fort Wayne. But Jordan previously told the Tribune that a morgue also would give the county a place to store bodies and provide space where families could view deceased loved ones. 

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