Death investigation in Washington
The system used to investigate sudden or unusual deaths in Washington state is a patchwork. Only six counties rely on medical examiners — doctors who are highly trained. The rest rely on elected coroners, who come from a variety of backgrounds. And the problems that result run deep. For months, KNKX’s Kari Plog has been investigating the system in a three-part series, poring over documents and talking to people in the industry and those affected by their work.
Reporting by Kari Plog