Medical Examiner

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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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