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Thefts reported at medical examiner's office

Monday, April 5, 2010 | 11:37 a.m. CDT

BERKELEY — St. Louis County police are investigating thefts at the county medical examiner's office — including a diamond earring possibly taken from the body of a murder victim.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that investigators are also trying to determine if a morgue supervisor stole body bags and sold them to funeral homes. She was arrested in February, but no formal charges have been filed.

The allegations led authorities to take another look at a case from 2008, when a diamond earring went missing from the body of murder victim Rodney A. White Jr. Officials said the earring could be seen in police photos of the body, but was not recorded in an inventory signed by the morgue supervisor.

A report written by the medical examiner's administrator appeared to blame the funeral home.

 


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