DeKalb County Sheriff's Office DeKalb County Sheriff's Office DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Home Press Releases Sex Offenders Most Wanted Contact Us
Sign Up for Alerts
Administration
Calendar of Events
Chaplain's Corner
Chief Deputy's Page
DARE/SRO
Dispatch
DTF
Employment
E-News
Frequently Asked Questions
History of the Sheriff's Office
Hot Cases
Investigators
Jail
Inmate Roster
K-9
Kid's Corner
Mounted Unit
Patrol
Pistol Permits
Project Life Saver
Reserves
Road Conditions
RUOK
Sex Offender Division
Special Response Team
Warrants
Yellow Dot
Crime Tip HOTline 256-845-3801 - Submit via Email
Phone:
(256) 845-3801
(24 hours)
Email Map
2801 Jordan Road SW
Fort Payne, Alabama 35968
Administrative Office Hours:
M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm
 
     
 
09/04/2015

Possible Forensics Lab Closure

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                September 2, 2015

 

Possible Forensics Lab Closure

 

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

               

 

                Sheriff Jimmy Harris is concerned with an email he received from the Department of Forensic Science last week advising of a possible closure of the Huntsville Forensics Lab and Morgue.   This lab closure would impact 22 north Alabama counties leaving only two morgue facilities open, one being in Montgomery and the other one in Mobile. Any autopsies performed for us would have to be transported to Montgomery or Mobile.   DeKalb County would be in line with the impacted 22 North Alabama counties for autopsies and the South Alabama counties that they already serve now.   This could cause a serious significant back up and delays in autopsies. Family members could see a prolonged wait of 1-3 weeks possibly in being able to receive their loved one back for funeral services.   Sheriff Harris discussed this situation with Coroner Tom Wilson last week. Wilson is also concerned, stating that every budget year they cut back or threaten to cut back. He is currently paid $65 per body to transport to Huntsville and either wait on the autopsy or come back the next day to pick up the body. Coroner Wilson is fine with traveling to Huntsville and doing whatever he can to help the county, but to have to travel to Montgomery or Mobile to deliver a body and have to come back to pick them up would put a real hardship on him and his facility. Wilson stated that he would do whatever was necessary to work with the Sheriff’s Office and make it as easy on the family members as possible. Both Harris and Wilson hope that the House and Senate will come up with a solution and this can be avoided.

                Sheriff Harris states “Any time anyone loses a family member, it is a hard time and a prolonged wait would put unnecessary hardship and stress on family members and we hope that this does not happen.”

 
     © 2017 | DeKalb County Sheriff's Office | DeKalb County, Alabama
Site Design and Hosting by Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, Inc.