In the Media Tag: West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

Mother says she wasn’t told her son was killed in accident


A mother says she called several area hospitals looking for her 37-year-old son before learning he had been hit and killed by a driver in Raleigh. Terrance Parker’s mother said she hasn’t been able to see his body and was never notified when it was taken to the medical examiner’s office. (Mentions WTRFC)

Young Dolph was shot multiple times in head, neck, torso in homicide, per autopsy

The Commercial Appeal

Adolph Thornton Jr., known as rapper Young Dolph, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his head, neck and torso when he was killed at a Memphis bakery in November, according to details in an autopsy report. Investigation and autopsy findings support the cause of death as a homicide, according to the report, completed by the West Tennessee Regional Forensic… Read More

Deaths of four people investigated as ‘potentially weather-related,’ forensic center says

The Commercial Appeal

It is possible four people have died due to the ice storm that swept Memphis in a freeze, downing icicled trees that yanked power lines to the ground. “We are currently investigating four deaths as potentially weather-related,” said Benjamin Figura, director at the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

County Commission extends forensic center contract with UTHSC to $5M

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The Shelby County Commission extended a contract with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to run the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center for $5 million. The commission resolution, passed with a unanimous vote Monday, March 8, ups the contract from $3.7 million.

UTHSC Represented at Forensic Medicine Conference

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Two medical students in the forensic medicine preceptorship program and a forensic pathology Fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) presented their research through poster presentations at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle last month. The Annual Meeting of the AAFS is the premier gathering of… Read More

The Opioid Epidemic in the Mid-South: How Bad Is It?

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You often hear about Memphis’ high homicide rate, but the rate at which people are dying from overdosing on opioids is just as alarming. The opioid epidemic is grabbing headlines. From Shelby County suing pharmaceutical companies to Donald Trump declaring the problem a health emergency. So how bad is it? According to the West Tennessee… Read More

Mystery still surrounds death of Inmate No. 81738

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The autopsy, conducted by a doctor at the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis, listed Thornton’s cause of death as “multiple blunt traumatic and thermal injuries.”