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Medical Examiner’s office has backlog of more than 1,300 cases

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The State Medical Examiner’s office has a backlog of more than 1,300 cases, according to a recent report from the Tulsa World.

The report states the backlog includes more than 1,100 from this year, 165 from 2012 and seven still left over from 2011.

Officials at the M.E.’s office said they have succeeded in cutting the amount of time spent on cases  but that the agency doesn’t have enough room for the people they need to hire.

According to the Chief Administrative Officer, the agency is still using a closet as an office.

The agency said it estimates a new building would cost around $42 million, not including the equipment.