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Coroner budget is short of funds

LaGrange County Auditor Kay Myers told county council members Monday that the coroner is almost out of funds for the year. “And this is only April,” she said.

So far in 2014, LaGrange County Coroner Jeff Helmuth has had 16 cases and 11 of those cases have involved an autopsy. Only $14,000 was budgeted for autopsies for the year.

Myers noted that $10,700 has been paid to date and $1,400 in claims is pending. “We will need to appropriate more funds soon,” she stated. The coroner is funded from the general fund.