The Henry County Coroner’s Office investigated 350 cases in 2016. Of this number 294 cases were deaths that were turned over to the medical profession for physician’s finalizations with 56 cases being signed off by Coroner’s office in Cambridge according to Henry County Coroner, Melissa A. Watkins, RN.
Of 350 reported deaths in 2016, 332 were attributed to natural causes with eight accidentals, and ten suicides.
Of the eight accidental deaths; two were single vehicle accidents, one semi vs train mishap, 1 drug/alcohol intoxication, one overlaying due to co-sleeping, one Rx overdose, one hydrocodone intoxication and one drowning. Alcohol was a contributing factor in one cases; drugs was a contributing factor in two cases and both alcohol and drugs were a contributing factor in one case.
Of the ten suicides; four were asphyxiation due to hanging, one was due to Rx overdose, three were gunshot wound to the head, one was semi vs pedestrian and one drug/alcohol intoxication. Alcohol was a contributing factor in one case; drugs were a contributing factor in four cases and both alcohol and drugs were a contributing factor in one case.
The most deaths in 2016 occurred in the month of December with a total each of 41. The least number of deaths in 2016 occurred in the month of November with a total of 19.
Of the 350 deaths investigated autopsies were performed on 15 cases and there were 6 Coroner Inquests held in 2016.
Coroner Watkins states that 350 deaths recorded by her office in 2016 does not represent all of the deaths in Henry County, just the cases that she is required by law to investigate.