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Lease extended for makeshift morgue in Baltimore parking garage

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(Baltimore, MD) -- The lease for a makeshift morgue in a parking garage in downtown Baltimore has been extended.

The Maryland Board of Public Works extended the lease to help alleviate the backlog of cases in the city due to the pandemic, the rising number of homicides and drug overdose deaths.

The lease was approved despite the fact that the building is currently not in use and the backlog of cases has dwindled.

The BPW approved the $180,000 expense to continue to rent the makeshift morgue located in a parking garage on Greene Street.

The space is shared with the State Anatomy Board and will be available for use until early January 2023.