The Morgue Department is responsible for the processing, storage, and release of decedents brought to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. This includes the collection of personal effects and the processing of physical and medical evidence. Once the necessary services are complete, decedents are maintained in a refrigerated vault awaiting the staff of the mortuaries.
The Morgue Department is under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of Morgue Operations and is staffed with Morgue Technicians and Forensic Technicians. The technicians transfer remains, evidence, valuables, and histology specimens as needed, and prepare and participate in autopsies. These staff members interact with families, funeral home staff, and law enforcement personnel on a daily basis.