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Medical examiner investigated 183 deaths in 2014

In 2014 McLeod County experienced a 9 percent decrease in deaths that were investigated by the medical examiner’s office, reported Chief Medical Examiner Dr. A. Quinn Strobl at the April 7 Board of Commissioners meeting.
The total of 183 death cases compared to 204 in 2013, 178 in 2012, 152 in 2011 and 183 in 2010. Strobl said 45 cases were registered in hospice and 135 cremations were approved. There was one death classified as homicide.
Some 29 percent (54) of these deaths required a scene investigation. Jurisdiction was assumed in 30 cases. Of these, 18 autopsies were performed, an increase of four over 2013. Three incidents of non-human remains were investigated.
Ten deaths requiring an autopsy were due to natural causes, including one stillborn. Five of these deaths were due to a form of cardiovascular disease. Of the other deaths, a 27-year-old woman died from an eating disorder and two people died from chronic alcoholism.
Six deaths were classified as accidental, two of which were motor vehicle accidents. Three elderly people died from complications of falls. A 55-year-old man, who was intoxicated with alcohol, died of exposure to cold.
Four deaths were attributed to suicide, two more than in 2013. All were men and three of these were due to gunshot wounds.