Los Angeles County Coroner to Resign After He Says Pleas for More Resources Are Ignored

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L.A. County Coroner Mark Fajardo is pictured. He said in a March 11, 2016, interview that he was resigning because his pleas to county officials for more resources have been ignored. (Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

About 180 bodies are in storage at the Los Angeles County morgue because of delays in processing, Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Mark Fajardo said in an interview Friday.

Fajardo said he was resigning because his pleas to county officials for more resources have been ignored.

Typically, he said, there would be “50 or 60 bodies waiting” for investigators to write up reports or examiners to complete autopsies before they could be released to relatives.

Kathryn Barger, chief deputy to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said the office had received complaints from some relatives about the length of time it was taking to get information about their loved ones’ deaths.

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