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Jones Releases 2012 Coroner's Annual Report

Butler County Coroner Gerald "Marty" Jones II
Deputy Coroners Brian McKinney and Terry Hunt

In 2012 there were 35 coroner calls made by the Butler County Coroner's Office and 10 provisional of death reports signed for cremation to be performed.

Of the 45 Calls Made:
23 were ruled as natural deaths
1 ruled drowning
4 ruled suicide
10 provisional of deaths signed for cremation
 5 ruled accidental overdoses
1 fire death in family dwelling
1 vehicle fatality

Of the 35 calls made, there were 6 cases that required autopsies to determine the direct cause of death, and there were 7 cases that required toxicology with no autopsy. All autopsies were done in Louisville, KY at the State Medical Examiner's Office this year.
Of all the deaths investigated in 2012 there were 12 that had a contributing factor of prescription drugs, alcohol, or some type of illegal drugs including meth.

2012 versus 2011:

In 2011 there were 50 coroner calls made and 15 provisional of deaths signed for cremation.

Of the 65 Calls Made:
32 were ruled as natural deaths
1 ruled homicide
1 ruled suicide
15 provisional of deaths signed for cremation
16 ruled accidental deaths
Breakdown of Accidental Deaths Consist of:
9 vehicle fatalities (7 drivers and 2 passengers)
2 fire deaths in a family dwelling
1 drowning death
3 accidental overdose deaths
1 accidental only

Of the 50 calls made, there were 9 cases that required autopsies and toxicology to be done, and there were 9 cases that required toxicology with no autopsy. All autopsies were done in Louisville, KY at the State Medical Examiner's Office this year.

In 2012, the Butler County Coroner's Office had its regular stated meeting with the Child Fatality Review Board. This board is set up to investigate any death that occurs in Butler County that is under the age of 18. This year we reviewed 2 deaths that unfortunately happened in our county.

Again in 2012 the Coroner and Deputy Coroners each received their 18 hours of training to stay certified through the state of Kentucky.

Public Service Reminders:
 Anyone under the care of Hospice that passes away in Butler County is not considered a Coroner call and is not required to have the Coroner or Deputy Coroner to respond to the location of death unless the death occurred from something other than natural causes; then it is considered a Coroner call and then the Coroner's office must be notified and respond to the scene of death.

Again the Coroner’s office would like to remind everyone to slow down, pay attention, don’t get distracted, and to buckle their seatbelts.

For any more information concerning this report, please contact Gerald "Marty" Jones II at (270) 999-0707.

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