Michigan Medicine will no longer run Wayne County morgue after Local 4 exposes long list of issues


DETROIT – Michigan Medicine will no longer run the Wayne County morgue after a Local 4 investigation uncovered a long list of issues, including decomposing bodies and the wrong person buried.

Michigan Medicine had a five-year, $31 million contract to run the Wayne County medical examiner’s office, and a few months ago it was trying to renew that contract. But now everything has changed.

An error in morgue documents led to the cremation of a family member without their knowledge. In another case, a woman said her daughter’s body was delivered to the funeral home with maggots in her mouth.

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A family searched for a loved one for 18 months before learning that the body had been in the Wayne County morgue all the time without the officials realizing it.

Months and months of investigations have uncovered wrongdoing, and now a Wayne County spokesperson tells Local 4 that when the current contract expires, the county does not plan to employ staff to operate the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“The university was not prepared to ensure that residents of Wayne County and those visiting the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office were greeted with the best and highest standard,” said the Commissioner of Wayne County, Jonathan Kinloch. “I think it was the best court of action for them.”

The county is considering a proposal from Wayne State University to operate the facility.

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Michigan Medicine sent the following statement:

Here is a statement from the Wayne County Executive’s Office:

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