Park County needs a new space to hold deceased bodies.

County coroner Tim Power recently announced at a Tuesday’s county commissioner meeting Ballard Funeral Home no longer has space to allow the county to use its facilities in order to refrigerate corpses being analyzed in county investigations. 

The county has shared space with Ballard for autopsies. 

Power said a breakdown in one of Ballard’s fridge units has led to a decrease in available space.

“There’s just not room for our unit,” Power said.

The county will still be able to use Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, but Power said a long-term solution needs to be developed. 

“In the summer-time months things can always get busy,” Power said. “If we’re worried about a communicable disease situation, that could become serious.”

Power said like Park, most Wyoming communities share facilities with private funeral homes. He said using West Park Hospital is not a solution.

“Bringing in a decomposed body to the hospital, the odor alone could be horrible,” he said.

Power said the risk of spreading communicable diseases also makes that option impossible.

The Coroner typically investigates about 75-80 bodies a year, ranging from unattended deaths to those occurring from suspicious causes.

The commissioners directed Power to meet with buildings and grounds superintendent Mike Garza about possible solutions and then report back to the board in the next few weeks.

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