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Franklin County Ready To Break Ground On Forensic Science Facility

Artist rendering of The new Franklin County Forensic Science Center.
Moody Nolan
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The new Franklin County Forensic Science Center will feature a bigger toxicology lab and more space for samples for crime cases that are required to be stored indefinitely

The Franklin County Coroner's Office is preparing for construction of a bigger facility with better laboratory services.

Officials will break ground Wednesday on the new Franklin County Forensic Science Center on Frank Road.

The new facility comes as the number of cases falling under the coroner's jurisdiction grows, thanks in part to a rising population and the statewide drug epidemic.

The office handled 1,951 cases, performed 1,376 autopsies and took part in 1,270 death-scene investigations last year.

The new facility will have a bigger toxicology lab and more space for samples for crime cases that are required to be stored indefinitely.

The Franklin County Forensic Science Center is expected to cost about $30 million. It’s funded by county sales tax money.