KOKOMO — An Indiana coroner facing a backload of cases is asking county officials to approve more money for his office.
The Kokomo Tribune (http://bit.ly/LBzg4b ) reports Howard County Coroner Jay Price is seeking more than $30,000 to help cover the costs of autopsies and lab tests.
Price says he currently has 105 cases awaiting final disposition. The cause of death in most of those cases has been determined, but he still needs to write reports on each case.
Price has been the first full-time coroner in Howard County for two years. He says he would like a full-time deputy and a full-time secretary, but the county is in the midst of a hiring freeze.
He currently has four part-time deputies.