Meeting today on body farm site

Mesa State College will host an open house this afternoon about its plans to establish a forensic anthropology research center near the Mesa County Landfill.

The meeting is scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mesa County Animal Services, 971 Coffman Road, Unit A.

The college’s Real Estate Foundation is scheduled to close next month on the purchase of a 35-acre industrial parcel south of U.S. Highway 50 and 32 Road, which will be the permanent home of the center and the Western Colorado Community College electric-line-worker’s program.

The center would house human corpses for scientific study. Mesa State is attempting to become the fifth college in the U.S. to operate a so-called body farm.

College officials originally intended to put the body farm at 29 Road and Riverside Parkway but backed away from those plans after neighbors who lived just a few hundred feet away complained.

The college hopes to have the body farm ready for operation this fall.


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