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July 16, 2004 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 9-year-old girl who was an accomplished swimmer died yesterday morning while practicing at the Bustleton Swim Club in Northeast Philadelphia, police reported. Cate Mackell of the Huntington Valley area was finishing swim-team practice when she started to get out of the pool in the shallow end before slumping back into the water, according to Tom Pagan, president of the swim club at Northeast Avenue and Lott Street. Pagan said two nurses and a lifeguard tried to resuscitate her. Police said an emergency rescue unit was called at 10:45 a.m. The girl was pronounced dead at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus at 11:30 a.m. Cpl. James Pauley, a police spokesman, said the city's medical examiner would conduct an autopsy.
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December 18, 1986
I am writing regarding the Dec. 2 report by staff writer John Woestendiek on the difficulties the Montgomery County coroner is experiencing in having autopsies of AIDS victims done on deceased persons. Many pathologists and hospitals refuse to do these cases under any circumstances. I believe that with the escalating numbers of AIDS cases it will be difficult to maintain this policy in the future since there are questions such as the nature of suspected infections and medical-legal problems such as accidental deaths, homicides, suicides, contributory negligence and so forth that cannot be solved without an autopsy.
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September 15, 2010
A Delaware County mother whose body was found in Camden in July had taken several drugs before her death, authorities announced Tuesday. However, an autopsy failed to determine conclusively what caused the death of Jenna Lord, 23, of Collingdale, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Lord was reported missing by relatives on July 5 after she attended a Fourth of July barbecue in Collingswood and never returned to her home in Pennsylvania. She was found July 18, her body badly decomposed.
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February 28, 1997 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
Opinions in the autopsy report on slain jogger Kimberly Ernest have haunted prosecutors and were the focus of testimony yesterday in the trial of the two men charged with her murder. The most troubling one refers to sperm found in the victim as "further evidence of sexual assault. " These words were blown up on a poster and underlined by lawyers for defendants Herbert Haak and Richard Wise. And under defense questioning, Assistant Medical Examiner Bennett Preston said he stood by the "sexual assault" theory as his "number one opinion.
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May 5, 1996 | By Lola Smallwood, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An autopsy indicates that Shanea Burton, the 3-year-old found in Ridley Creek on Friday, died of drowning, but police still need to determine whether her death was accidental. Investigators with the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday that the office views her death as a case of drowning because the autopsy performed Friday afternoon revealed no evidence of assault or external injuries. And a series of X-rays, routinely done in cases of juvenile deaths, shows no indications of bone fractures or abuse.
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July 18, 1989 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Philadelphia restaurateur Richard J. Cellini, whose sailboat was adrift in the Atlantic for more than three days, died of asphyxiation after becoming entangled in the line that controls the main sail of his 22-foot boat, a Virginia medical examiner said yesterday. An autopsy revealed that Cellini, 46, who left his summer home at 5 p.m. July 9 on a solo sail from Townsends Inlet, N.J., had been struck in the chest, probably by the boom of his boat. He then became entangled in the mainsheet, the line that controls the sail, and died of asphyxiation, said Faruk Presswalla of the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office in Norfolk.
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July 9, 1986 | By Sandra McIntosh, Special to The Inquirer
A Winslow Township man whose body was found in a shallow grave in Wharton State Forest on Sunday died of a single gunshot wound to the back left side of his head, Gloucester County officials said yesterday. Prosecutor Richard E. Hickey 3d said an autopsy showed that Clifford Cordero, 29, of New Brooklyn Road, died of the gunshot wound, but Hickey declined to comment on allegations that Cordero was tortured before his death. "All of this is still being actively investigated," Hickey said.
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May 30, 1999 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The autopsy of a 33-year-old Philadelphia man who died in police custody Wednesday night will not be made final until toxicology reports are completed later this week, Cumberland County authorities said yesterday. Arthur J. Marchand, Cumberland County prosecutor, said the autopsy on the body of Brian Simmons revealed no internal signs of trauma. "There was a small cut over one of the man's eyes," the prosecutor said. "The investigation remains open. " Law enforcement officers familiar with the investigation said the remains of two small glassine bags were found in Simmons' body during the autopsy.
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December 3, 1986 | By John Woestendiek, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Montgomery County coroner said yesterday that he does not plan to seek an additional autopsy on Graterford Prison inmate Gilberto Barretto in light of a state police investigation that has concluded his death was accidental. Coroner Theodore A. Garcia had said Monday that, because of complaints from prison officials and the inmate's family, he was attempting to arrange a complete autopsy. Although Barretto had AIDS, a limited autopsy had indicated that he died from head injuries.
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July 11, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Attorney General's Office has advised South Jersey prosecutors to review all autopsies conducted by a former state pathologist who had been barred from practicing medicine in New Mexico. Hisham Hashish, 52, started work as an assistant medical examiner for South Jersey less than two months after he surrendered his medical license in New Mexico in 2011. He was barred from doing autopsies and practicing medicine there based on allegations of negligence, according to records reviewed by The Inquirer.
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June 26, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MARY Anderson doesn't know where her son is. She knows that his skin and bones were buried at Northwood Cemetery. But Vance Anderson's brain, eyes and other internal organs never made it to his West Oak Lane grave site. The 51-year-old painter, who died in 2012 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from a lung condition, was allegedly a hollowed-out shell by the time he was lowered into the ground - stripped for parts like a junkyard Chevy. Vance Anderson's insides were, in the words of a Jefferson doctor, "donated for education.
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December 13, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
COATESVILLE The missing heart of a dead Marine sergeant from Chester County was removed during an autopsy last year for toxicology testing, Greek consular officials said Wednesday. But that explanation - offered without comment on where the organ is now - only begins to answer the questions raised by the Marine's parents in their lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Craig and Beverly LaLoup of Coatesville, parents of Sgt. Brian LaLoup, added the Greek government and the Athens hospital that conducted the autopsy to the list of defendants in their suit, which previously included the U.S. Department of Defense and the Navy.
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December 11, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The missing heart of a dead Marine from Chester County is at the center of an international mystery that threatens to entangle two governments in a Philadelphia court battle. On Monday, the family of Sgt. Brian LaLoup, a 21-year-old embassy security officer who killed himself last year while stationed in Athens, Greece, accused officials there of removing his heart during an illegal autopsy. Later, they said, Greek officials tried to pass off another heart as their son's. And while U.S. military officials knew LaLoup's remains were incomplete, they let his body be buried anyway and lied to his parents about it, a lawyer for his family contends.
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May 29, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Results of the autopsy on Julia Law, the 26-year-old girlfriend of criminal defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr., were not expected to be released until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest, police said Monday Law, a paralegal at Peruto's Philadelphia firm, was found naked and facedown in a bathtub full of water at Peruto's home, on the 2000 block of Delancey Place, about 10 a.m. Saturday. A maintenance man discovered the body, police said. Peruto told police he was in Avalon, N.J., at the time.
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April 23, 2013
WILMINGTON - The autopsy of a Texas man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse shows he had a brain tumor. The autopsy report of Thomas Matusiewicz, 68, says a large tumor known as a meningioma was found. Authorities say Matusiewicz killed himself after the courthouse shooting Feb. 11. His widow, Lenore, had sought an independent autopsy, saying she believed an untreated brain tumor was to blame for her husband's violent actions. Matusiewicz was cremated shortly after the state released his body.
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April 22, 2013
WILMINGTON - The autopsy report for a Texas man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse shows he had a brain tumor. The report notes a large tumor known as a meningioma was found during the autopsy. Authorities say Thomas Matusiewicz, 68, killed himself after the courthouse shooting Feb. 11. The gunman's widow, Lenore Matusiewicz, had sought an independent autopsy saying she believed an untreated brain tumor was to blame for her husband's violent actions.
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March 3, 2013 | By Michael Tarm, Associated Press
CHICAGO - An autopsy on the exhumed body of a Chicago lottery winner poisoned with cyanide yielded no significant new clues about his death, the Cook County medical examiner said Friday. No remaining cyanide was found in samples of Urooj Khan's body tissue, likely because cyanide breaks down over time, and there was nothing notable from tests on his stomach contents, Stephen Cina told reporters. Cina said Khan's coronary arteries did have significant blockage, which could have increased the effectiveness of the cyanide.
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February 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Makayla Doyle was only 2 months old, so it wasn't surprising that she cried early Sunday. Not normal were the skull fractures and other injuries that an autopsy showed led to her death that day. On Tuesday, the infant's father, Edward James Doyle, was charged with third-degree murder and unsworn falsification to authorities. The District Attorney's Office and Upper Moreland police had already charged Doyle, 28, of Hatboro, on Monday with endangering the welfare of children in connection with Makayla's death.
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February 21, 2013 | By Betsy Blaney, Associated Press
LUBBOCK, Texas - The adoptive mother of a 3-year-old Russian boy who died in Texas told authorities the boy was outside playing with his younger brother before she found him unresponsive, a sheriff said Wednesday. Laura Shatto told deputies that she was inside the family's home outside of Odessa on Jan. 21 and came out to find Max Alan Shatto on the ground, Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson said. Deputies arrived at the home as the ambulance was leaving with Max, he said, and the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
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