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CMU Assists FBI In Sunset Mesa Investigation

Testing of cremains begins at college; Students get hands-on experience

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - KREX 5 News has been keeping you updated on the FBI's investigation into Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, the funeral home that doubled as a body broker until the state shut them down.

The situation has left hundreds of families wondering if they actually have the remains of their loved ones, and Colorado Mesa University is helping answer that question.

Starting Wednesday, and then again on Saturday, around 90 families will be dropping off what they believe is their loved one at CMU's Forensic Investigation Research Station.

A combination of students will be helping the FBI in their investigation. Both criminal justice and forensic students will participate in testing the remains, while social work students help the families through the process. 

Those with CMU said their main motivation is the hands-on experience this process will give their students.

For the most part, the testing will not give the families a conclusive answer about the identity of the remains, but they will be able to confirm if they are actually human. 

The drop-offs are by appointment only and were scheduled through the FBI.

We'll have a full story on this Thursday evening, so if you or anyone you know is going through this, reach out to us so we can share their story. 

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