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Skull found at Cook County morgue

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Updated: November 20, 2013 6:09AM

A skull was found in the cooler at the Cook County morgue this week, but there was no body attached and no immediate word as to how long it had been there.

An autopsy technician found the skull at the Cook County medical examiner’s office, 2121 W. Harrison, on Wednesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The medical examiner’s office could not provide further details.

In January 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that bodies were stacked atop each other in blue plastic tarps against a wall of the storage cooler at the morgue. A morgue source called it “sacrilegious,” and the Illinois Department of Labor launched an investigation, finding nearly two dozen violations.

Since then, a series of bosses and other staff have left the medical examiner’s office, including Chief Medical Examiner Nancy Jones. Her replacement, Dr. Stephen Cina, has pushed to upgrade the office’s practices.

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