It August already, I see another heat warning, so I’ll renew my caution about hydration and paying attention today. Thus far, this is the first summer I’ve not attributed any deaths to heat exposure and I pray that continues to be the case. Still, it never hurts to check on your friends today and tomorrow.
Investigation has concluded into a death May 23 wherein a gentleman was found deceased in the cab of a semi-truck. Autopsy results are final and combined with scene investigation, the death is accidental in nature.
On June 11th I was contacted for a jurisdictional referral from Jackson County Medical Examiner of a death in Jackson County following an incident in Bates County. Investigation by medical record revealed the death to be accidental in nature.
On June 13th we were called to a residence in Butler by Butler Police wherein family members had found a female deceased. Death was determined to be natural in manner.
On June 21st we responded to the Bates County Memorial Hospital ER where a female had been pronounced following a response and transfer from EMS. Investigation revealed death due to natural causes.
During the month of June, the office reviewed 4 reports of deaths attended by nursing home or hospice.
On July 7 we were called to a residence in Butler where family members found a gentleman deceased in his residence. Pending test results, the case remains open at this time.
On July 13 we responded to a residence in Adrian after family members found a female deceased in her home. Investigation revealed death due to natural causes.
On July 14 we responded to a residence in Butler where family members found a male deceased in his home. Investigation revealed death to be accidental in nature.
On July 22 we responded to a residence outside Butler where a female was found deceased by family members. This case also remains open pending some test results.
On July 25 we responded to a residence in Rich Hill where a female was found deceased by family members. Pending additional testing the case is open at this time.
On July 29 we were contacted by report of a death at Bates County Memorial Hospital ER; investigation reveals a death due to natural causes.
For the month of July, the office reviewed 6 reports of death under hospice/nursing care.
A public office is a public trust. Thank you for reading my report.
Bates County Coroner