Medical Examiner

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
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
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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
A new Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner has been named to lead one of the busiest morgues in the nation, and he is expected to be formally appointed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Dr. Jonathan Lucas, 49, recently served as chief...
by Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
11:14am
6.9.2017
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A group of fifth-grade children in Cologne, Germany found a human skull as well as arm and leg bones hidden under leaves while playing on May 11th, according to local reports. A DNA comparison revealed that the bones matched those of a male,...
by The Local
11:52am
5.30.2017
Forensic staff at the Guerrero Attorney General’s office in Mexico have had to deal with over 760 bodies this year—all victims of violent crimes —but they don’t have enough supplies or facilities to deal with them all. Guerrero’s three forensic...
by Mexico News Daily
10:24am
5.2.2017
The Washington Department of Heath has launched an investigation into the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office following a complaint filed earlier this month by someone seeking a review of a series of recent cause-of-death rulings.
by Thomas Clouse, The Spokesman-Review
9:27am
5.2.2017
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Video of a man hit and killed by a train in Puyallup, Washington has led to a dispute between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark. Clark said his investigators need a copy of the video to...
by Alexis Krell, The News Tribune
11:37am
4.25.2017
Coroners in England and Wales don't seem able to agree on what caused a person's death or whether the death merits an inquest or not—despite being faced with identical case information—reveals a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.
by BMJ
12:33pm
4.13.2017
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Investigators commonly use body temperature to estimate how long it's been since a person died—which can be essential in solving a murder, for example. However, the relationship between body temperature and time may not always be so straightforward.
by Sarah Fecht, Popular Science
11:09am
3.20.2017
The Stark County coroner in Canton, Ohio had a "cold storage mass casualty trailer" trucked-in last weekend because the morgue was overflowing with bodies, nearly half of them victims of drug overdoses. As with much of the United States, Ohio is in...
by Corky Siemaszko, NBC News
11:47am
3.17.2017
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One of the nation's best-known forensic pathologists helped determine that Holding Center inmate Richard A. Metcalf Jr. was suffocated by jail deputies and did not die of a heart attack as the Erie County medical examiner found in 2012.
by Matthew Spina, The Buffalo News
8:36am
2.14.2017
Police say a St. Augustine, Florida, woman killed herself with her boyfriend’s gun six years ago — but her relatives say they have proof she was murdered.
by Devan Stuart Lesley, People
10:16am
12.30.2016
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