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The postmortem report is confidential in the State of Washington (RCW 68.50.105). For family members of the deceased requesting information about obtaining postmortem reports, please call the Medical Examiner's Office at (509) 477-2296 or e-mail to [email protected].   

  • Note that this page will be archived in January of each year, archiving all release information from the previous year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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SPOKANE COUNTY, February 8, 2018 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity and the cause of death of the woman who died at Sacred Heart Medical Center on February 2, 2018 as the result of an incident in Cheney, WA on January 29, 2018.

Name: Sunny J. Mika
Age: 62 Years
Cause of Death: Penetrating gunshot wound to head
Manner: Pending Law Enforcement Investigation

Pending - is a temporary designation for cause and/or manner when additional investigation, information and/or test results are required for certification. Pending is amended once all information and test results are received. 

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SPOKANE COUNTY, January 30, 2018 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity and the cause of death of the woman who died as the result of an incident in the 7600 block of N. Division in Spokane, WA on January 26, 2018.

Name: Michele Renee Purkey
Age: 53 Years
Cause of Death: Extensive fractures of the base and vault of the skull with brain lacerations due to blunt impact - crush injury of skull
Manner: Vehicular Accident

Any determination by the Medical Examiner of Suicide, Accident or Homicide in no way limits the ability of law enforcement to investigate to whatever extent they deem appropriate or necessary; nor is the manner of death as determined by a Medical Examiner the same as the prosecutor's legal determination, for example, most motor vehicle deaths are classified as "accident " by the Medical Examiner, however the prosecutor may pursue a legal charge of "vehicular homicide".

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Media is requesting information on the following case from 2013, the following information was originally release on September 9, 2013:

Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms
the identity and cause and manner of death  of the individual who was found September 9, 2013 on N. Monroe St. in Spokane, WA

SPOKANE COUNTY, September 9, 2013 – The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity and cause and manner of death of the individual who was found September 9, 2013 on N. Monroe in Spokane, WA

Name: Julian D. Morrison
Age: 26 Years
Cause of Death: Gunshots wounds
Manner: Homicide

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SPOKANE COUNTY, January 24, 2018 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity and the cause of death of the man who died as the result of an incident in Cheney, WA on January 23, 2018.

Name: Mark R. Weigand
Age: 22 Years
Cause of Death: Perforating gunshot wound of head - mouth
Manner: Suicide

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SPOKANE COUNTY, January 23, 2018 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the woman who was found on January 14, 2018  at Cable Creek and Appleway Blvd. 

Name: Donna Marie Kemp
Age: 58 Years
Cause of Death: Pending
Manner: Pending

Pending - is a temporary designation for cause and/or manner when additional investigation, information and/or test results are required for certification. Pending is amended once all information and test results are received. 

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SPOKANE COUNTY, January 22, 2018 - Media is requesting information regarding an incident which occurred at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA on January 19, 2018. At present, this office has no information to release. 

******Updated January 25, 2018:

Name: Lorae S. Sims
Age: 63 Years
Cause of Death: Transtentorial herniation of the brain due to skull fracture with brain contusions due to blunt impact to head
Manner: Accident

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SPOKANE COUNTY, January 9, 2018 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity and the cause of death of the woman who died as the result of an incident in the 1000 block of S. Buena Vista in Spokane, WA on January 6, 2018.

Name: Jade M. Bost
Age: 64 Years
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds and multiple incised wounds
Manner: Homicide

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SPOKANE COUNTY, December 28, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity and the cause of death of the man who died as the result of an incident in the 1000 block of E. 18th in Spokane, WA on December 24, 2017.

Name: John W. Cummings
Age: 56 Years
Cause of Death: Perforating gunshot wound to head
Manner: Suicide

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Definitions:

Cause of Death:
Cause of Death is used to indicate the medical cause of death, listing the disease(s) or injuries that caused death. Specific cause of death information is recorded on the death certificate and is entered into the Washington State Vital Statistic system.

Manner of Death:
Manner of Death is a statistical classification on the death certificate, the way in which death is categorized per the Washington State Department of Health (Accident, Homicide, Natural, Suicide, Undetermined).

Death Certification:
The Death certificate is a Washington State Health Department Document, NOT a Medical Examiner or Coroner document, the death certification process includes manner of death classification of (Accident, Homicide, Natural, Suicide, Undetermined), intended to describe the action associated with a death, if any, for public health department vital statistics purposes. The manner of death as used by the Office of the Medical Examiner does not address presence or absence of intent, culpability or justification of any action associated with a death and therefore any determination by the Medical Examiner of Suicide, Accident or Homicide in no way limits the ability of law enforcement to investigate to whatever extent they deem appropriate or necessary; nor is the manner of death as determined by a Medical Examiner the same as the prosecutor's legal determination, for example, most motor vehicle deaths are classified as "accident " by the Medical Examiner, however the prosecutor may pursue a legal charge of "vehicular homicide".

Accident - is defined as a death other than natural, where there is no evidence of intent, i.e. unintentional.

Homicide - is defined as a death due to the acts of another.

Natural - is defined as a death solely by organic disease. If natural death is hastened by injury (such as a fall), the manner of death will not be considered natural.

Pending - is a temporary designation for cause and/or manner when additional investigation, information and/or test results are required for certification. Pending is amended once all information and test results are received.

Undetermined - is the manner of death assigned when there is insufficient evidence or information to assign to accident, homicide, suicide or natural categories, or when 2 plausible manners are equally likely.

* When a death is un-witnessed the date of discovery is recorded as the date of death.

* See the Medical Examiner's Annual Report for details regarding causes and manner of death is Spokane County.


The postmortem report is confidential in the State of Washington (RCW 68.50.105). For information about obtaining postmortem reports, please call the Medical Examiner's Office at (509) 477-2296 or e-mail to [email protected].