Police say autopsy backlog is causing investigation delay

Police say autopsy backlog is causing investigation delay (Photo: MGN)

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — Police say an investigation into the death of a 20-year-old man at a Farmington jail is still open nearly 16 months later because of a backlog of cases at the Utah Medical Examiner's Office.

The Standard-Examiner reports the Unified Police Department was called to conduct an independent investigation after Dominic Landreth died in the Davis County Jail in August 2016.

Police Sgt. Tim Duran says the death appears to be self-inflicted, but they require a medical examiner's report and toxicology results for any unattended jail deaths. Landreth was one of the four inmates who died at the jail over a two-month period last year.

Medical examiner's office officials say progress was being made on the backlog, but factors like employee turnover and increased opioid-related deaths were causing delays.

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