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Understaffing at West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office delays autopsy reports
Reported by: Associated Press
Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:40 PM EDT
Law enforcement officials say understaffing is delaying autopsy reports from the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office.
Putnam County prosecutor Mark Sorsaia says waiting for autopsy reports can delay cases.
Regional Jail Authority director Joe DeLong also is concerned. In cases involving inmate deaths, DeLong says there's only so much that corrections officials can do until they have records from the Medical Examiner's Office.
The office's administrative examiner, Donald Raynes, says staff members try to prioritize autopsies with law enforcement. But he says the workload is staggering.
Raynes says two pathologists have been hired.
However, one current pathologist is leaving. Raynes say he's hopeful that the remaining positions can be filled.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com