July 16, 2004 |
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.
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.
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.
February 28, 1997 |
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.
May 5, 1996 |
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.
July 18, 1989 |
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.
July 9, 1986 |
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.
May 30, 1999 |
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.
December 3, 1986 |
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.