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Medical examiner: 2017 was quiet year

2017 was a fairly quiet year in terms of death investigations in McLeod County.
Dr. A. Quinn Strobl of the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office presented the 2017 annual report at the McLeod County Board of Commissioners meeting April 17.
Strobl said there were 229 total cases in 2017, nine of which required autopsies. Of those 212 deaths were from natural causes.
Accidental deaths included three from motor-vehicle accidents, including one motorcycle accident, one snowmobile accident and one vehicle accident. Two of those who died in motor-vehicle accidents were male, ages 29 and 26, and one female, aged 40. Alcohol was a factor in two of the fatal accidents.
There were three people between the ages of 85 and 104 who died from complications from falls from standing, sitting or bed height. Two deaths were caused by substance abuse — a 64-year-old male who used heroin and methamphetamine, and a 44-year-old woman who overused prescribed morphine and lorazepam.
There were no homicides and two suicides.
There was one undetermined cause of death — that of a 5-month-old infant. The examiner’s office also had one case in which bones were discovered; they were determined to be non-human.