ECU Will Perform Autopsies For ENC While State Works Out Contract

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - East Carolina University will continue to provide autopsy services while a new contract is negotiated with the state.

Reports say the new agreement will avoid a sharp reduction in the number of cases handled.

The Greenville medical examiner's office was scheduled to end service to all but two of the 24 counties for which it conducts autopsies after losing funding that helped pay for the procedures.

Crystal Baity with East Carolina says the state Department of Health and Human Services recently proposed a new contract that could allow services to continue at the university's Brody School of Medicine for the next fiscal year.

Baity says autopsy services will be provided to all the counties while the details of the contract are completed.