Medical Examiner

Two medical examiners offered opposing views Tuesday during the murder trial of Brent Houdeshell, an Arlington man accused of killing 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell in March 2016.
by The Courier
11:36am
1.17.2018
A 3-year-old girl whose body was found in a culvert near her suburban Dallas home little more than a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage died from "homicidal violence," according to autopsy findings released Wednesday.
by David Warren, Associated Press
11:20am
1.4.2018
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Douglas County is nearing a deal to bring its morgue into the 21st Century. The new arrangement would more than double the facility's capacity.
by David Earl, KETV
10:50am
12.29.2017
All 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting died of gunshot wounds, a coroner said Thursday, revealing that no one was trampled to death trying to escape from an outdoor concert that turned into a massacre.
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
12:14pm
12.22.2017
A medical examiner on Wednesday was working to determine whether the apparent remains of a young child found buried in the backyard of a Cleveland home were those of a missing 5-year-old boy.
by John Seewer, Associated Press
11:37am
12.21.2017
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A Las Vegas woman convicted in 2006 of killing a homeless man and cutting off his penis will have her case tried anew, according to a court order issued Wednesday. District Judge Stefany Miley granted Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s request for a new trial...
by Kimber Laux, Las Vegas Review-Journal
11:14am
12.21.2017
Defense medical experts testifying Tuesday for a man accused of the child abuse death of a 2-year-old girl who died last year said she died from blood clots in her brain that led to a stroke and a host of other problems, not from abusive head trauma.
by Ed Treleven, Madison.com
10:59am
12.20.2017
Toronto homicide detectives have taken over the investigation of the deaths of billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife after autopsies showed they died from "ligature neck compression."
by Rob Gillies, Associated Press
11:31am
12.18.2017
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Forensic botanists and co-authors of the book Forensic Plant Science, Jane Bock and David Norris, have proven that looking at stomach contents under a microscope can be an important tool in solving a crime.
by Tove Danovich, Atlas Obscura
10:35am
12.15.2017
A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members. The court ruled 4-3 that the Pike County coroner in southern Ohio does not have to release the reports with...
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
12:05pm
12.14.2017
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San Joaquin County's chief medical examiner, known nationally as the doctor depicted in the movie "Concussion" about brain injuries among football players, resigned Tuesday over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so...
by Don Thompson, Associated Press
10:39am
12.6.2017
A forensic pathologist for San Joaquin County resigned Monday, claiming the county’s sheriff attempted to control and influence professional conclusions for autopsy results. In a resignation letter obtained by ABC10 News, Dr. Susan Parson described...
by Gabrielle Karol, KXTV
10:31am
11.30.2017
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Radiologic signs of injury could help identify victims of intimate partner violence, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
by Radiological Society of North America
11:05am
11.27.2017
A protest by government workers in a drug-violence-stricken southern Mexican city over rotting corpses at the municipal morgue temporarily closed a prosecutor's office on Tuesday, officials said.
by Christopher Woody, Business Insider
1:12pm
11.16.2017
Solving the mysteries of drowning cases could now become much easier. The Punjabi University has come out with new findings that will help to trace the exact location of drowning in a particular river, canal, lake, pond or any other water body.
by Bharat Khanna, The Times of India
11:50am
11.14.2017
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A pathologist told a jury of the victims' injuries during the murder trial this week of Adam Matos, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend in Hudson, Florida three years ago.
by Dan Sullivan, Tampa Bay Times
12:44pm
11.8.2017
Federal agents have seized records from a national company that solicits thousands of Americans to donate their bodies to science each year, then profits by dissecting the parts and distributing them for use by researchers and educators.
by John Shiffman and Brian Grow, Reuters
11:50am
11.8.2017
A forensic scientist testifying for the defense challenged the assertions of the medical examiner’s office at the trial of Lloyd Arbard Harris. Harris, now 54, faces charges of murder, rape and third-degree sex offense in the killing of 15-year-old...
by Kelsi Loos, The Frederick News-Post
10:50am
10.31.2017
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A team of international scientists said Friday that Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer or malnutrition, rejecting the official cause of death but not laying to rest one of the great mysteries of post-coup Chile.
by Eva Vergara, Associated Press
11:51am
10.23.2017
In addition to representing the residents of the Second Assembly District, which reaches from northern Santa Rosa to the Oregon border, Jim Wood is a forensic odontologist, a special type of dentist who examines the teeth and dental records of those...
by SFGate
12:31pm
10.20.2017
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Official death certificates in the U.S. failed to count more than half of the people killed by police in 2015—and the problem of undercounting is especially pronounced in lower-income counties and for deaths that are due to Tasers, according to a...
by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
11:20am
10.11.2017
Human rights groups say at least five men in Egypt have been subjected to forced anal exams by the country’s Forensic Medical Authority, following the arrests of 32 men and one woman for “promoting sexual deviancy” and “debauchery” after a rainbow...
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12:57pm
10.3.2017
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A coroner said Wednesday her office could not determine what led to the fatal brain damage of a young Ohio man detained in North Korea for more than a year. Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said evidence has led to no "scientific facts" to solve Warmbier's...
by Dan Sewell, Associated Press
1:16pm
9.28.2017
Bodies are piling up at the Houston morgue because of Harvey: Not only did the storm lead to more than 30 deaths, but the widespread flooding has also prevented funeral homes from collecting the corpses of those who died from other causes.
by Jacob Jordan, Associated Press
10:29am
9.1.2017
A new law signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday requires elected county coroners across the state to complete medical-legal investigation courses prior to taking office.
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12:11pm
8.31.2017
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The accuracy of his reports have been questioned, he was arrested last year for driving drunk on the way to an autopsy, and the state is attempting to suspend or revoke his medical license. But San Luis Obispo County’s embattled medical examiner is...
by Matt Fountain, The Tribute
12:11pm
8.22.2017
The state medical examiner that helped send a Natchez, Mississippi man to death row 15 years ago for reportedly shaking a baby to death testified Monday that the baby's injuries could have come from a fall. The convicted man has contended from early...
by Cain Madden, The Natchez Democrat
10:45am
8.15.2017
The remains of a man killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 have been identified nearly 16 years after the terror attacks, medical examiners said Monday. The announcement marked the first new identification made since March 2015 in the painstaking...
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
10:47am
8.8.2017
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The mouth microbiome in death, the oral mélange of bacteria, is the focus of a new investigation in the journal Molecular Oral Microbiology. The natural progression of the post-mortem changes in the mouth can provide a blueprint for up to 12 days of...
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12:05pm
8.2.2017
Two men accused of stealing $4,300 from a Wisconsin fast-food restaurant are facing murder charges after a bystander suffered a fatal heart attack during the armed robbery. The medical examiner's office said the victim's heart attack was caused by...
by Associated Press
11:02am
7.19.2017
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The recent surge in drug overdose deaths has created an unprecedented nationwide demand for autopsies and toxicology examinations, said Brian Peterson, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners.
by Christine Vestal, The Fiscal Times
10:41am
7.7.2017
Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend saying his son was alive. Orange County coroner's officials had misidentified the body. The mix-up began on May 6 when a man was found dead behind a Verizon store...
by Associated Press
9:57am
6.26.2017
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Pacemakers and other cardiac devices can help solve forensic cases, according to a study presented today at a European Society of Cardiology congress. Devices revealed the time and cause of death in some cases where autopsy failed to do so.
by European Society of Cardiology
12:24pm
6.20.2017
A coroner's office in Ohio is investigating the death of a 22-year-old college student who died less than a week after his return to the U.S. after nearly a year and a half in North Korean detention, a spokesman said Tuesday.
by Dan Sewell, Associated Press
12:02pm
6.20.2017
Desperate families have secured court orders to force postmortems at Gauteng state mortuaries in South Africa, in order to get the bodies of loved ones released for burial‚ the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. About 180 forensic assistants in the...
by Times Live
10:30am
6.19.2017
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