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Dr. William Oliver goes through the multiple autopsies suits down in the Morgue of Brody School of Medicine on April 23, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)
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Dr. William Oliver goes through the multiple autopsies suits down in the Morgue of Brody School of Medicine on April 23, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Cuts will reduce local autopsies

By Kristin Zachary

The Daily Reflector

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State cuts are forcing the medical examiner’s office in Greenville to drastically reduce the number of autopsies it performs and send about 400 cases to Raleigh, a move local officials said will limit education opportunities and hamper investigations.

Supplementary funds provided via a federal grant through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to East Carolina University will expire on June 1, officials said. After that, ECU would receive just $1,000 for each of the nearly 530 autopsies it performs annually. The procedures cost $1,731.


The Greenville office is one of four regional facilities in the state, with others in Charlotte, Jacksonville and Winston-Salem. The office in Winston-Salem has been operating at a loss for years, the director there said Tuesday.

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Pocket money

I noticed Sheriff Elks comment about having to send a detective and an ID officer to Raleigh in order to observe each autopsy. Ditto for the surrounding counties. Thus the ME's office in Raleigh saves money, maybe as I don't know what their cost per autopsy is, but the taxpayers get to shell out for their law enforcement to go to Raleigh. Typical, savings in one pocket are taken out of somebody else's pocket. If Wake Forest shuts down and Vidant shuts down, that means 1,200 more autopsies in Raleigh. If they get sloppy trying to catch up, criminal cases will suffer--crimes will be missed and guilty will walk free, or crimes will be alleged incorrectly and innocent will be arrested. Great system we have.

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