Sponsored by
gregory hess

gregory hessRSS

As death rates rise, Arizona medical examiners struggle to keep pace with caseload

Though the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office has enough forensic pathologists on staff to keep pace with the office’s caseload, they are one of the lucky ones as Arizona medical examiners say they are struggling to keep up with rising caseloads.... Read more»

Too many bodies, too few forensic pathologists

The overload at medical examiners’ offices stems from two trends: More bodies arriving at the offices, the result of pandemic-related deaths and also an upward trajectory of homicides, overdoses and traffic-related fatalities - and the country is not producing enough forensic pathologists.... Read more»

Update

Feds drop case against No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren

Prosecutors dropped the only remaining charge against Scott Warren, ending the misdemeanor case against the No More Deaths volunteer just months after the government's attempt to charge him with two felonies case collapsed in November. ... Read more»

Warren trial

Scott Warren found not guilty by jury in No More Deaths case

The second federal felony trial of Scott Warren, a No More Deaths volunteer accused of harboring illegal immigrants in Arizona's western desert in 2018, continued Wednesday with closing arguments as both prosecutors and defense attorneys worked to convince the jury before they began their deliberations. ... Read more»

No More Deaths trial

Scott Warren tells jury he's part of neutral effort to 'alleviate suffering' in desert

Update: Scott Warren, a No More Deaths volunteer accused of harboring illegal immigrants in Arizona's western desert, testified in his own defense Tuesday, telling a federal jury he was working to "alleviate suffering" during a "humanitarian crisis."... Read more»

Warren trial

Defense makes case for Scott Warren providing care to migrants; aid volunteer's 2nd trial continues

On the fourth day of Warren's re-trial, defense experts laid out the legal protocols and medical necessity of caring for migrants, while two No More Deaths volunteers described their work in Arizona's desert.... Read more»

Prosecution rests, defense begins in 3rd day of re-trial of Scott Warren

On the third day of trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren, prosecutors wrapped up with video depositions and an expert in cellphone data, and the defense team began laying out the case for humanitarian aid in the desert.... Read more»

Az migration trends tracked on 'death map' of discovered bodies

It might take a second for the computer to load, but then it’s there: a map of Southern Arizona nearly completely covered with red markers, so dense in some areas that it’s black. Each marker indicates one migrant who died trying to cross the U.S./Mexico border into Arizona.... Read more»

Medical examiner: Eloy immigration detainee committed suicide

An immigrant who died in custody at the Eloy Detention Center last month committed suicide, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner. ... Read more»1

Medical examiner's unique technique helps ID desert dead

Arizona's climate has contributed to high death tolls among border crossers - and the development of a nationally recognized fingerprinting process for identifying those who are found without names. Work at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner led to breakthroughs in identifying those who die in the desert.... Read more»

After brutal summer heat, border-crosser deaths up in 2013

Following brutal summer heat, deaths of border crossers in Pima County so far this year are up from 2012, the chief medical examiner said.... Read more»

Pima County, Humane Borders mapping migrant deaths

Each year, hundreds of people go missing in the Sonoran Desert and many are never identified. Since 2001, of the nearly 2,100 remains found in the desert, about 700 remain unidentified. A new search tool available to the public will combine data sets to help name the dead. ... Read more»4

May hiker deaths blamed on heat

Southern Arizona's blazing heat last month is blamed for the deaths of two women during separate hiking incidents, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.... Read more»