Next location of body farm to be remote, president says

The effort to find a new home for Mesa State College’s body farm will focus on a remote location.

That’s the vow of college President Tim Foster, who announced Thursday that the college is pulling the plug on what would have been a temporary site at 29 Road and Riverside Parkway. That location is within several hundred feet of a number of homes and in one of the fastest growing residential areas of the Grand Valley.

Foster declined to identify the alternative site or sites the college is exploring, but he said the body farm will be at least a mile from the nearest home.

“The key for us is to be able to communicate with people in the area,” Foster said.

Should Mesa State’s facility be located more than a mile from a residential area, it would join three of the four existing body farms in the United States in operating in a remote location. Only the University of Tennessee’s facility is within a mile of homes.

Foster said officials hope to purchase land and move the fence from the old location to the new one this summer, then have the lab up and running this fall.


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