Stark Co. coroner out of space, storing bodies in mobile cooling unit

The Canton morgue is overcapacity amid an increase in drug overdose deaths

Stark County's coroner is forced to use a mobile morgue to store the overflow of bodies as a result of the drug epidemic.


CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Another Ohio county has made use of a mobile cooling unit to store bodies because its morgue ran out of space, in part because of fatal drug overdoses.

WEWS-TV reports the Stark County coroner had to bring in a 20-foot cooling trailer over the weekend. Investigator Rick Walters said the office was at capacity with eight bodies, then got four more on Saturday and employed the trailer.

Such temporary morgue arrangements have also been used in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, and Summit counties in northeast Ohio.The coroner in Dayton has said his office sought help from a local funeral home to store bodies amid an increase in overdose deaths.

The coroner in Dayton has said his office sought help from a local funeral home to store bodies amid an increase in overdose deaths.

A spokeswoman said the Ohio Department of Health has several cooling units local agencies can request to use.

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