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L.A. County Coroner Quits as 180+ Bodies Pile Up...

L.A. County Coroner Quits as 180+ Bodies Pile Up...

USA Today

With dead bodies stacking up and a budget that apparently falls short, the Los Angeles County coroner has quit his job.

Mark Fajardo abruptly announced last week that he's resigning after two years as top medical examiner, the LA Times reports. "Ultimately, I wasn’t supplied the resources I need to perform my job duties," he says. "Every year we made requests for positions that needed to be filled. ... Each year we were not supplied the personnel we need."

Meanwhile, 180 bodies are awaiting examinations in the morgue, and toxicology tests are taking more than half a year to complete, delays that tie up funerals, life insurance payouts, and civil and criminal cases. "It's nuts," Fajardo tells the LA Daily News of the backlog. "It's been progressing for a number of months now."

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