237 deaths in Henry County detailed in coroner's annual report

Henry County Coroner Melissa A. Watkins released details on the 237 deaths her office investigated last year.

Of the 237 cases, 187 were deaths that were turned over to the medical profession for physician’s finalizations, with 50 cases being signed off by the coroner’s office in Cambridge.

221 were attributed to natural causes with ten accidental deaths, four suicides and two homicides.

"Of the ten accidental deaths, three were single-vehicle mishaps, three were multiple-vehicle mishaps, one pedestrian vs. vehicle mishap, one hydrocodone-oxycodone intoxication, one multiple drug toxicity and one was a fall," Watkins reported. "Alcohol was a contributing factor in two cases and drugs were a contributing factor in four cases. Both alcohol and drugs were not a contributing factor in any of these cases."

The most deadly month in Henry County last year was December, with a total of 32 deaths. The least deadly month in Henry County in 2017 was July, with a total of seven.

Autopsies were performed on ten cases and there were no coroner inquests held in 2017.

Watkins said that the 237 deaths recorded by her office in 2017 do not represent all of the deaths in Henry County, just the cases that she is required by law to investigate.


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