Sheriff’s Deputy Death

The Root

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the city’s first openly gay deputy sheriff died by suicide, according to findings confirmed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

https://www.theroot.com/philadelphias-first-openly-gay-deputy-sheriff-found-dea-1835414722

By Jay Connor

Inquirer

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday confirmed what many suspected: Dante M. Austin, the city’s first openly gay deputy sheriff, whose body was found Friday morning, died by suicide.

https://www.inquirer.com/news/dante-austin-philadelphia-sheriff-office-suicide-gay-lgbtq–20190611.html

By Mensah Dean

MetroWeekly

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the wound was self-inflicted.

https://www.metroweekly.com/2019/06/philadelphias-first-openly-gay-deputy-sheriff-found-dead-in-apparent-suicide/

By John Riley

Gosnell Memorial

I called the Medical Examiner’s Office myself and left a message, and also sent an email, and this is the response I received from James Garrow, communications director for the Philadelphia Department of Health:

Thank you for reaching out, Christine. The Medical Examiner’s Office and Health Department have no comment on this request.

https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/christine-flowers-finally-bringing-dignity-to-human-remains/article_18adb0fc-8459-11e9-94ed-cb4cf383698e.html

By Christine Flowers

Greenberg Case

James Garrow, spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, which oversees the Medical Examiner’s Office, said he cannot release additional information about the investigation into Greenberg’s death. These investigations are protected under privacy laws and all the office is required to release is the name, cause and manner of death, he said.

But he noted, “In this particular case, the medical examiner must have felt there was sufficient evidence to feel that the decedent in this case had the intention of committing suicide.”

He said officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office have spoken with a private investigator for the Greenberg family and said they would reopen Ellen Greenberg’s case if some new evidence is presented to warrant that, but that has not yet happened.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/05/suicide-or-homicide-parents-anguished-search-for-answers-lasts-years-after-daughter-dies-of-20-stab-wounds.html

By Steve Marroni

Unclaimed Veterans’ Bodies Services

It was unknown how many unclaimed remains of veterans are at the morgue at any given time, officials said. If a body is identified but family cannot be located, the Medical Examiner’s Office will have the remains cremated after 90 days, sooner if the family is found but unable or unwilling to make funeral arrangements.

https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/us-soldiers-veterans-military-unknown-funerals-guardians-national-cemetery-washington-crossing-20190307.html

By Melanie Burney