- Associated Press - Monday, October 17, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The help wanted sign is out for a pathologist to perform autopsies for six south Mississippi counties.

Bodies from deaths of suspicious or unknown causes have been driven to Pearl, which is 3 to 3½ hours from the Coast, since Dr. Paul McGarry died Jan. 10, 2015. He was a state-designated medical examiner and forensic pathologist who had performed the region’s autopsies at each county’s expense for more than 30 years.

Some of the area’s coroners and police agree having a regional pathologist again would provide autopsy results more quickly, save time for criminal investigators and give them and grieving families information they want to know.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/2envVr6) he has a good working relationship with the state office, but looks forward to having a forensic pathologist for the region.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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