BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An overflow of more than 200 autopsies at the Office of the State Medical Examiner has been cleared, a spokesperson for the department confirmed.

State health officials reported the backlog to lawmakers in early February, testifying that caseloads stretched beyond National Association of Medical Examiners accreditation limits.

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Anne Wagner from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services said in February increases in overdose deaths and homicides were a contributing factor to the caseload increases. There was also a 17 percent decrease in full-time equivalent medical examiners in FY 2021.

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Amid the controversy, Chief Medical Examiner at the time Dr. Victor Weedn resigned and was replaced by Dr. Pamela E. Southall as the state’s interim Chief Medical Examiner.

A week before his Feb. 18 resignation, Dr. Weedn asked the federal government for help managing the backlog.

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Weedn reported 217 bodies were awaiting examinations by the state’s forensic pathologists, but he said that number could surpass 300 by the end of February.

CBS Baltimore Staff