The state Medical Examiner’s Office reports fewer cases in the backlog since the departure of the chief medical examiner. She was placed on administrative leave, and has now resigned.
The office of the state medical examiner looks into sudden or suspicious deaths. There are more of those to investigate these days because of the rising number of accidental overdose deaths. But there’s no official explanation yet for what led cases waiting to be investigated to pile up on former medical examiner Dr. Christina Stanley’s watch.
97 cases had been open for more than three months on July 24, the day she was placed on administrative leave. By the time she resigned, less than two weeks later, contract physicians had whittled the backlog down to about 70.
The Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to maintain national accreditation but must continue to address the backlog.