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Over 400 Deaths in Marion County Last Year According to Coroner

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Marion County Coroner has issued his annual report for 2012.  

Coroner Troy Cannon says 441 deaths were recorded in Marion County last year, down from 504 in 2011 and 544 in 2010.  Of the 441 deaths, the coroner's office investigated 128 of them.  That's down from three the prior year.  

There were 14 deaths in Marion County last year attributed to accidental causes.  They included five accidental overdoses of illicit or prescription drugs.  That number compares to four last year and a spike of 13 in 2010.  Two deaths resulted from motor vehicle accidents.  One death apiece was recorded from a train/pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, alcohol poisoning, choking, workplace accident, drowning and a fall at home.  

In addition there were five suicides in 2012, that's down from seven recorded in both 2011 and 2010.  

Cannon says the steady decline in overall deaths in the county is likely due to many seeking treatment for terminal conditions outside Marion County, such as major health facilities in the St. Louis area.  He feels this is reflected in the largest decreases over the past few years in deaths attributed to natural causes.  

Cannon is fairly certain the drug and alcohol related deaths remain at an all-time low for the past few years due to the increased diligence of local law enforcement agencies and their proactive efforts.  

Cannon and Deputy Coroners Doug Krutsinger and Claude Howell are wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2013.   

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