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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