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Front & Center: Medical examiner pursued career in forensic pathology by happenstance

As Spokane County medical examiner, Dr. Sally Aiken performs about 300 autopsies a year on bodies from Spokane and 14 surrounding counties.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Spokane anesthesiologist’s death was accident from alcohol, drug complications, medical examiner says

A Spokane anesthesiologist who was found dismembered and burned in his backyard in the Dishman Hills area in April died as a result of an accident, according to the Spokane …


San Diego pathologist accused of improperly harvesting children’s organs

A San Diego, Calif., physician whose firm was hired as a medical examiner in Texas has been accused in a lawsuit of harvesting body parts from dead children not for …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Medical examiner describes to jury how 2-year-old was beaten to death

Spokane County Medical Examiner John Howard said 2-year-old Adalynn Hoyt had 64 bruises on her body from her head to her feet when she died in September 2016 and it …


Autopsy: Pulse gunman hit by 8 bullets in police shoot-out

The gunman who killed 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in Orlando was hit by at least eight bullets as he died in a shoot-out with a SWAT team.


Public helps identify man found in the Spokane River

Tips from the public have allowed the Spokane County Medical Examiner to identify a man found in the Spokane River Saturday.


UPDATED: Thu., June 2, 2016

Prince died of opioid overdose, official says

CHICAGO – Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at …


One of three overdose deaths in March did not involve heroin

Test results show that a woman who was one of three people to found dead in Spokane County on March 9 died from drug toxicity, according to the Spokane County …


Medical examiner identifies man found dead in Spokane River

The medical examiner’s office identified the man found in the Spokane River on Tuesday as Laurence S. Roebke.


Medical examiner says homicide victim was strangled

Regan Jolley, 33, was strangled, according to the official cause of death.


Bill on police-involved deaths now law

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners can feel free to talk about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement officers, a new state law ensures. …


Bill allowing discussion of autopsies goes to Inslee

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners may soon have no legal barrier that stops them from talking about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement …


Medical examiner lists jail death as homicide

The death of a 33-year-old man in the booking area of the Spokane County Jail in Feburary has been listed as a homicide.


Bill eases rules on autopsy comments

OLYMPIA – Medical examiners would have permission to discuss their conclusions from the autopsies for people killed during law enforcement actions under a bill that passed the state Senate unanimously …


Bill eases autopsy disclosures

OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow law enforcement officials to discuss details of autopsies from officer-involved shootings cleared its first hurdle Friday. Senate Bill 5256 is designed to address a …


Bill would ease rules on autopsy privacy

OLYMPIA – Medical examiners would be able to discuss the results of autopsies in cases involving police shootings, giving them a chance to clear up what Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie …