Tucked away in the quiet hills of Tennessee, a forensic laboratory studies the gruesome realities of what happens after death. A similar facility, designed to train coroners and investigators, is being built in Colorado.
The research facility in Tennessee is located in the hills of Knoxville and surrounded by razor wire. The locals call it "the body farm."
"We have anywhere from 150 to 190 at any one time,” said Dr. Dawnie Steadman of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center.
Not far from Grand Junction, construction is under way for the first high-altitude body farm to teach forensic science students at Colorado Mesa University.
The human bodies are donated by individuals who consent before they die. The data collected on the grounds of the facility allows CSI teams to solve real life crimes.
"We help law enforcement figure out what happened to somebody," said Dr. Dawnie Steadman of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center.
The facility near Grand Junction is expected to open in early 2013. Read the whole story here.