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Posted on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 : 4:15 p.m.

All Washtenaw County autopsies to be performed at University of Michigan morgue

By Tina Reed

All autopsies performed by the Washtenaw County medical examiner will take place at the University of Michigan’s morgue, it was announced Monday.

Earlier this year, renovations and expansions were completed at the morgue in partnership with $150,000 funding from the county.

Handling all of the county’s cases will centralize the death investigation process and will help funeral directors and families, said Jeffrey Jentzen, director of U-M’s autopsy and forensic services and the county’s deputy medical examiner.

The move is expected to save the county money and also benefits medical students who will be able to participate in or observe more autopsies.

Bader Cassin will continue to serve as the county’s chief medical examiner and will be based on U-M’s North Campus. Some autopsies have previously been performed at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township.

Tina Reed covers health and the environment for You can reach her at, call her at 734-623-2535 or find her on Twitter @TreedinAA.



Tue, Oct 6, 2009 : 12:01 p.m.

This is Mary Masson from U-M Public Relations. Just to clarify, not every person who dies in Washtenaw County undergoes an autopsy.


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 : 11:47 p.m.

Now everybody that dies in Washtenaw County will be subjected to having their bodies used for "medical research"


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 : 5:53 p.m.

It's a win,win!! Thanks U-M and the counties willingness to share resources, hope this can be a catylist for future joint resource sharing!!