By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - Plans are in the works that could save thousands of West Texas tax dollars, and hours of time for law enforcement. A Texas-based company tells NewsWest 9, construction will soon start on a new forensic center that will perform autopsies in Odessa.
Information is still in the early stages, but the move would bring a licensed pathologist and a facility that will perform autopsies in Odessa. Currently, officials with Southeast Texas Forensic Center are talking with several counties here in the Basin, including Ector about their plans.
On Tuesday, company officials told NewsWest 9 since the beginning of this year, they've been talking with local Justices of the Peace to see if they would welcome their services. Right now, whenever there is a fatal accident or murder, the victim's bodies are sent from many West Texas counties to Tarrant County in North Texas. However, if the talks pan out, company officials said they plan to run a new "Permain Basin Forensic Center."