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Memphis Forensic Center Gathering Data On Unexplained Deaths

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Posted at 6:50 AM, Feb 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-25 06:19:41-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis is one of four Tennessee locations participating in a national project to learn more about sudden and unexplained deaths of people under the age of 20.

The center will be gathering data for the Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry. DNA samples and information from death certificates, medical records, death scenes and pathology reports will be entered into a database to provide a registry of information that can be analyzed.

Tennessee's Department of Health will oversee data collection at four locations. The other three locations are the Hamilton County Forensic Center, Forensic Medical Management Services in Davidson County and the William L. Jenkins Forensic Center in Johnson City.

Grants to fund the effort were awarded in September.

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