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Understaffing Delays West Virginia Autopsy Reports

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  Law enforcement officials say understaffing is delaying autopsy reports from the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office.

The Charleston Gazette reports that three of the office's six medical examiner's positions are vacant.

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 says he's hopeful that the remaining positions can be filled.


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