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2014 Was Busy For County Coroner’s Office

By Alex Haglund

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger released his annual report for 2014, presenting the report in person to the Washington County Board at their Jan. 13 meeting.

2014 was a very busy year, Styninger told the board.

“We had 119 calls,” said Styninger, “which is by far the most that the county coroner’s office has handled in a year.”

There were 37 calls which were investigated by the coroner or deputy coroner.

Of the 119 total calls, 108 were natural deaths. In addition, there were nine accidental deaths, one suicide, one death notification for an outside agency, and one undetermined manner of death (with a note of “pending toxicology results” next to that figure).

The coroner’s office performed three autopsies, 13 toxicology tests, and issued 21 cremation permits.

The coroner’s office responded to zero homicides in 2014 and there were zero coroner’s inquests held.

The number of deaths reported by Styninger’s department does not reflect the deaths of individuals who were injured in Washington County but died after being transported to another county or state.

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