Body Farm to House Human Corpses at FVTC

By Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 03/31 2014 07:16PM

Updated 03/31 2014 07:22PM



A forensic study involving dead human bodies is about to begin at Fox Valley Technical College. 

It's part of the school's new forensic field training site - where students study the science behind a decomposing body.


             "There's still a lot to be discovered says "Dr. Joe LeFevre, Chair of the school's Forensics Department. "When we locate a person whose died, we can make some estimations on how long they've been dead."


LeFevre says there are only a handful of other body farms in the country - and this one will have a unique advantage.


            "Everybody who does it, they don't have winters like we do," he says.


LeFavre says some bodies will remain above ground, while others will be placed in shallow graves. Allowing students to expand on their research.


            "We could be doing some pretty long term studies where we're taking a body and putting it out there in the fall and tracking it into the middle of spring if not even summer," says LeFevre.


LeFevre says neighbors have recently begun to express concern over potential odor and flies - but he says that won't be an issue.


            "It should not have any effect on any of our neighbors. Where the body farm will be is pretty far away from any structure."


LeFevre says the cadavers themselves will come from donors. The college will start by studying pigs, before eventually transitioning to human bodies in 3 to 5 years.



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