More Charges for Medical Examiner Accused of Taking Remains during Autopsy

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

Four new charges have been filed against a northwoods medical examiner accused of stealing humans remains during autopsies without permission to train her cadaver dog.

Tuesday, in Oneida County Court, two separate cases against Traci England were filed. Alleging there are more victims. England was the medical examiner in both Oneida and Forest counties.

She now faces four counts of misconduct in public office and three counts of theft. Online court record list the offense dates as December 2011, January 2012 and May 2012.

NewsChannel 7 has obtained the most recent criminal complaint, stating England has given tissue to other dog trainers. That tissue was matched a person England had performed an autopsy on. The victim's parents were contacted in September and said they didn't give permission for the tissue to be taken and wanted charges to filed against England.

An investigation began in January after England told an officer she'd been working with how lucky she was to have gotten a section of spine to train her dog, because it was hard to come by. That's according to the criminal complaint. It was later discovered that England did not have permission from the families of the deceased to take the tissue.

Experts say bones that are used to train cadaver dogs are ordered from places that have them available specifically for that reason.

England will return to court in Forest County on December 7. She's filed a motion to have the case heard in a county other than Forest or Fond du Lac. She'll also learn if her case will head to trial on the newest charges.


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