New Denver medical examiner opens up morgue for public to view

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DENVER -- Ironically, the medical examiner in Denver opens up the morgue every Halloween allowing the public to see exactly how the work is done by his staff.

“With some 600,000 people in Denver, we stay busy, doing probably three to six examinations and autopsies a day,” said new Chief Medical Examiner James Caruso. “Our job is to investigate every natural, suicide, homicide and accidental death in the city and county.”

Most on the tour get to see the 150-year-old remains of ‘Botanic Garden Boy’ who was unearthed by work crews expanding the Gardens several years ago.

Yet while the tour has plenty of history to show off, you also get a clear message that this is a working lab in need of upgrading.

Caruso said the office is currently reformatting a new location at 5th Avenue and Bannock to keep up with 21st century technology.

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