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Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

A federal Disaster Mortuary Operation Response Teams expert will be deployed to help ease Maryland’s growing autopsy backlog, which is expected to grow up to 300 by next week.

The office is seeking help from Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams, which typically respond after natural disasters, terrorist attacks, transportation accidents and pandemics.

Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is facing a staffing shortage that has led to a delay in completing autopsies.

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