Baxter County, Arkansas, morgue opens after receiving cooler
New cooler to help preserve evidence, give families 'peace of mind'
By Caitlin Sinett
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — After the coroner is called to a scene, they need a place to preserve a body. In Baxter County, that used to be in funeral homes until now.
Baxter County Coroner Bradley Hays said, “In the case of a death that needs further investigation from the scene, we would bring the deceased person here. Maybe do toxicology, maybe more of an external examination, and gather our information to try to determine the cause of death. If the cause of death can be determined, then we would then release to the funeral home of the families choice.”
This is the county's first morgue. Through a competitive federal grant, the state was able to get a three-person cooler for Baxter County. READ MORE.