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Morgue worker's spouse saw body

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- An administrative worker at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been placed on a paid leave pending an investigation of a Dec. 16 incident in which she allowed her husband, who is not an authorized employee of the office, to view the body of mass killer Adam Lanza two days after the Newtown school massacre.

Sources said Jean Henry, a processing technician at the Farmington, Conn., facility, and her husband entered the refrigerated room in which bodies are kept pending autopsies on the morning of the day when the post-mortem would later be performed on Lanza.

They went to the gurney where Lanza lay, then Henry unzipped the bag so her husband could look at him for a moment, and she closed the bag and they left the room, sources told the Hartford Courant.

After chief state medical examiner H. Wayne Carver II learned of the matter, he placed her on leave about four days later, sources said.

 

-- Hartford Courant

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 4, 2013 A14

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