- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State officials say they’re undeterred by a report from a Virginia newspaper that called into question the work of North Dakota’s State Forensic Examiner.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1ALHVEz ) that The Roanoke Times published a story recently that questioned conclusions drawn by Dr. William Massello while he worked as Virginia coroner.

The newspaper reported that in two possible homicide cases, Massello initially determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation by choking on food in one case and encephalitis in another. Later reports called those findings into question.

Massello referred questions to the report to the Department of Health.

Department spokeswoman Colleen Reinke says the state has confidence in Massello’s work and that the article has not changed their view.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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