Tippecanoe County Coroner Needs More Money For Body Transports

The Tippecanoe County Coroner again needs more money to keep pace with a rising number of deaths being investigated by the office.

Posted: Jul 13, 2021 3:37 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2021 3:41 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Coroner again needs more money to keep pace with a rising number of deaths being investigated by the office.

Coroner Carrie Costello on Tuesday asked the county council for an additional appropriation of $20,000 to pay for body transfers through the end of the year.

It's the second such request this year as the office continues to investigate more deaths than usual. As News 18 previously reported, Costello in May asked for an additional $120,000 for the office's autopsy fund.

Costello says she's accepted 298 cases so far this year compared to 385 in 2020. She says the additional money will pay a contractor who transports bodies from the coroner's office to the morgue.

"We are not slowing down," she says. "We're averaging about 47 accepted cases where we do further investigation a month so I don't anticipate that slowing down at this time."

Costello expects to request more money later this year to pay deputy coroners and purchase office supplies.

She plans to propose a bigger budget for next year to keep up with this new trend.

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