A Day in the Life: Forensic Pathologist

By Corrine Rose

February 20, 2012 Updated Feb 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- In 2011, Allen County had 23 murders.

Popular television shows glamorize the life and work of forensic pathologists, who find out how someone died. The December murder of 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon triggered curiosity in the community about who does that sort of work.

County coroners are elected to serve mainly investigative and administrative functions. And their lab looks a lot different than what you are used to seeing on television. Their cooler can store up to 15 bodies. And there's that unmistakable smell -- you don't get that from a TV show. And unlike TV shows, the crime isn't solved in an hour. It can take weeks or months to even find the cause of death, but they work relentlessly and without drama to uncover the truth.

Indiana's NewsCenter sent Corinne Rose to the local morgue, where she made some discoveries of her own. The forensic team performs up to 450 autopsies a year. And if you saw these people walking down the street, you would never guess it's what they do for a living.

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