Mon., May 6, 2013 10:00am (EDT)

Audit: Coroners Aren't Reporting All Suicides
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATHENS, Ga.  —  
A new state audit says county coroners across Georgia aren't reporting suicides and all suspicious deaths to the State Medical Examiner's Office as required by law. Officials acknowledge such cases may not be reported as required, but they have not taken action to address the issue. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettlider/116132998/>brettlider via Flickr</a>.)
A new state audit says county coroners across Georgia aren't reporting suicides and all suspicious deaths to the State Medical Examiner's Office as required by law. Officials acknowledge such cases may not be reported as required, but they have not taken action to address the issue. (Photo Courtesy of brettlider via Flickr.)
A new state audit says county coroners across Georgia aren't reporting suicides and all suspicious deaths to the State Medical Examiner's Office as required by law.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation runs the Medical Examiner's Office. The audit released by the Department of Audits and Accounts says the GBI acknowledges that such cases may not be reported as required, but they have not taken action to address the issue.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan sent a letter to the auditor saying more pressing needs have kept the agency from exploring changes to the Georgia Death Investigation Act.