TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office is reporting a big increase in deaths in 2021.
According to the report, there's been a 58-percent increase in the first three months of 2021, compared to the same time frame in 2020.
Coroner Carrie Costello said the deaths aren't directly related to COVID-19 and said the trend has been growing in the last several years.
2021 was the largest increase Costello has seen, and it's causing problems with staffing.
It's also causing the office to run out of funding quickly.
As of right now, our budget is about $190,000 a year for autopsies," said Costello. "I believe the last time we checked we've spent almost $160,000 of that in four months."
The office was able to increase its capacity for body storage from 7 to 12., but Costello said that's not enough.
She said they are working with county commissioners to increase funding.