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Resource ID: #8791
Subject: Medical Examiners
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Date: January 13-18

Description

St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigates Missouri's county coroner system and finds it is haphazard and varies widely from county to county and from case to case; only 10 of the state's 114 counties have medical examiners, and in those counties without one, few autopsies are conducted; most county coroners are funeral directors, which leads to a conflict of interests; autopsies are rarely conducted on small children; the deaths of the state's elderly and of inmates in the state's prison are rarely investigated, Jan. 13 - 18, 1991.

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