Fmr. Medical Examiner Sued in Human Remains Theft Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A former Northwoods Medical Examiner is being sued by the family of one of the people whose organs and tissue she's accused of taking to train cadaver dogs. The plaintiffs are also suing Traci England's employer at the time, Oneida County.

England was convicted last week of stealing a piece of spine from one body, and what was believed to be tissue and organs from another body to train her cadaver dog.

In January 2012, England traveled to Fond du Lac County to perform an autopsy. She was accompanied by a detective from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department. After the autopsy was completed, England told the detective she had obtained a piece of spine, which she planned to use to train her dog.

The detective contacted a lieutenant at the Oneida County Sheriff's Department the next morning about what had happened and a formal investigation began. The investigation determined the spine had been taken from a body England conducted an autopsy on. She was charged with felony misconduct.

After hearing about the charges, a police officer in Madison came forward, having attending a dog training session with England in November 2011. The officer said during that time England gave human tissue to six dog handlers. The officer was able to provide the human remains to investigators. The tissue was analyzed and confirmed to be that of a man England preformed an autopsy on in May 2011.

That victim's family said immediately following the death they requested no autopsy, but were told by England they had no choice in the matter. Additional charges were filed against England in the 2nd case in October, 2012. That victim's family is suing England and Oneida County, claiming severe emotion disturbance and stress.

England had begun her employment with the county in 2002 as deputy Medical Examiner. In 2008, she was promoted to Medical Examiner. She resigned Jan. 18, 2012.

She's scheduled to be sentenced in the case on Feb. 10.

Our call to the plaintiffs' attorney was not returned.

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