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Death investigation in Washington

Death investigation in Washington

Reporting by Kari Plog

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.

Death investigation in Washington

'A challenging way to practice medicine': Death investigation in Washington faces grim reality

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Death investigation in Washington

Coroners in Washington manage to investigate deaths despite untenable conditions

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Death investigation in Washington

Coroners in Washington lack clear oversight, leaving some families without closure

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Death investigation in Washington

As effort to reform death investigation system begins, KNKX looks outside WA for solutions

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