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Butte County breaks ground on first central morgue

The Butte County Sheriff's Office broke ground Friday for the county's first central morgue.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 1:09 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office broke ground Friday for the county's first central morgue.

Sheriff Kory Honea was the one who used the bulldozer captured in the video and photos. Dozens of people attended the ceremony at around 10 a.m. Friday on Gillick Way in Oroville.

The morgue will be close to 11,000 square feet. About half of it will be an evidence storage facility. It's a project that has been a long time coming for the sheriff's office.

"Our coroner's office operates utilizing mortuaries to store bodies and conduct autopsies has worked up to this point,” said Honea. “But it’s time for us now to get a central morgue so that’s why I’m excited about today."

The morgue will also contain three autopsy sites. The facility is expected to be complete by next year.

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