Crash victim's body donated to new forensics facility

'Body farm' opening in Pasco County
Posted at 7:08 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 19:08:21-04

Abigail Kennedy and her two children miss her husband, more than words can say.

“We definitely were a very close family. It’s really hard with the kids,” she said.

Adam Kennedy, a dedicated principal at Crews Lake Middle School, died in a crash on the way to work in January.

Teaching was his passion. And now Adam’s remains will help teach at the new research facility..named in his honor.

“He liked to teach anybody anything at anytime. And so the fact that this can continue makes everything a little bit better,” said Abigail.

The Adam Kennedy Forensics Field will study how human bodies decompose, helping investigators figure out cause of death in difference scenarios.

It’s the first of it’s kind in Florida. And USF Anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle looks forward to studying here.

“We do a lot of work for law enforcement, medical examiners, trying to locate buried remains, excavate them from crime scenes,” said Kimmerl.

Abigail said she talked with Adam about what to do after they passed away. He thought a medical school was the only option. But being a part of this research has become a comfort in a time of great sadness.

“The timing of this is just like answers to it, because you always wonder why now. And this is a huge part of that answer to me,” said Abigail.

30 people have pre-registered to donate their bodies here. 

They have four bodies so far, including Adam’s.

“It’s really a tremendous gift to give,” said Kimmerle.

Researches will start using the field and wooded area located near the Pasco County jail. 

Plans are also in the works for a training facility to built in the near future.