Tuesday,  4/4/2017

LAND O' LAKES – Scientists began work Monday at a new research and training center in Pasco County. The site has the distinction of being the state’s first "body farm."

The fence is up around the facility near the Land O’ Lakes jail, and work is beginning at the Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security, and Tactical Training, a partnership between the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the University of South Florida.

A big part of what we're doing in the area is to try to identify unknown people, all this work goes towards that question for unidentified persons, missing persons, and homicide investigations," said Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist and Director of the Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science.

So what is a body farm? It’s a piece of land where donated bodies will be used for training and research.

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