Body Farm's Bass A Witness

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- The retired founder of the Body Farm thought he'd seen it all.

But Dr. Bill Bass had never before been asked to witness donation forms, willing the bodies of living persons to the forensic facility.

As Bass signed copies of his book in Johnson City yesterday, Kevin Summitt of Knoxville and Melissa Aiken of Johnson City say they couldn't think of a better witness.

The book Bass co-authored is called "Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science."

Bass established The Body Farm at the University of Tennessee to help police who had questions about how human bodies decomposed under various conditions.

He says he began writing after his retirement because people were interested in his work.

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