Counties Footing the Bill for Increased Autopsy Costs

Sep 10, 2012

The continued vacancy at western Kentucky’s medical examiner office has increased transportation costs for coroners. The state has four medical examiner offices and the one in Madisonville has been vacant for close to a year. Chief Medical Examiner Tracey Corey says finding a board certified ME is difficult because of pay disparity. The state recently raised its salary range to up to $154,00 to attract more applicants.

Jackson County, Illinois officials say two women are dead after their car submerged in a lake near Carbondale.  The coroner’s office says the accident happened just after 3 a.m.

Commonwealth budget cuts will deal a finishing blow to Madisonville's medical examiner's office. At a meeting of west Kentucky coroners two weeks ago the state's chief medical examiner Dr. Tracey Corey announced the office will close July 1. The office has been without an examiner since June, requiring officials in 24 counties to travel to Louisville each time an autopsy is needed.  The Paducah Sun  produced the story over the weekend.