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Thursday, December 30, 2021

From the desk of Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax

Dear Bates County,

As long as I’ve been Coroner I have tried to keep you informed as possible on the activities of the Coroner’s office. I know you understand that much of the work is sensitive, so I attempt to inform you while maintaining some discretion to the details of people and their families. While most of our work goes unseen by many, it is still a public office and a public trust. So I hope that my reports give a fair understanding of how I’ve spent my time and this portion of your tax dollars.

Most importantly, know this: It has and continues to be a privilege to serve my County in this capacity. If I or Deputy Miller have had to interact with your family this year, I hope you feel we’ve treated you with professionalism and your loved one with dignity. Notwithstanding the job we have to do, we are sorry for your loss.

When Covid became a reality and I felt it’s casework increasing the demands on my time, I met with the Bates County Commission in the Spring and gave them a picture of the situation. They were prompt to assist me with securing a Deputy Coroner; Deputy Dustin Miller was sent for state training and has been on board for roughly the second half of this year. He has been a tremendous help to me.

As of today for 2021, my office has investigated a total of 135 deaths. 63 went on to become full investigations, 67 hospice deaths were reviewed, 3 hospital deaths, and 2 recent cases remain open as of today. In 2021 investigative procedures included 20 External Examinations, 15 Complete Autopsies, 40 Toxicology Investigations, and 45 medical record/chart reviews.

Personally, I thank you for the privilege of serving you in this capacity. My best wishes for 2022 for you and your family!

Greg D. Mullinax
Bates County Coroner



For purposes of activity, this report shall cover the period of September 1 - December 29, 2021.

-On September 5 at 1022hrs we responded to Country Club Drive, Butler, in reference to a 45 year-old female found in residence. Death was due to natural causes.

-On September 18 at 1342hrs we responded to S. Virginia St. in Adrian in reference to a deceased 61 year-old female found in a residence following a wellbeing check. Death was due to natural causes.

-On September 20 at 0544hrs we responded to S. Delaware St. apartments in Butler by Bates County Memorial Hospital EMS and Butler Police. Death of an 80 year-old male was due to natural causes.

-On September 27 at 2145hrs we responded to NE CO RD 5004 near Montrose on report of a 59 year-old female found deceased by a friend. Death was due to accidental causes.

-On September 30 at 0941hrs we responded to SW Hume St. in Hume on report of a 58 year old male deceased in a home. Death was due to natural causes.

-The office also reviewed four hospice notification cases for September.

-On October 10 at 1058hrs we responded to SW Spring St. in Hume on report of a 69 year old female found deceased in her home by a family member. Death was due to natural causes.

-On October 18 at 1449hrs we responded to the Bates County Memorial Hospital ER in response to a 73 year old female who came from a local rehabilitation facility. Death was due to natural causes.

-On October 21 at 1910hrs we responded to SW CO RD 11007 near Hume on report of a 61 year old female found deceased by a family member. Death was due to natural causes.

-On October 29 at 0754hrs we responded to N Clark St. in Adrian in regard to a 71 year-old male found deceased in a mobile home following a residential structure fire; accidental death.

-On October 30 at 0919hrs we responded to NE CO RD 5004 near Johnstown on report of a 43 year old male found deceased by family. Death was due to natural causes.

-On October 31 at 0441hrs we responded to N Prospect St. in Butler on report of a 58 year-old male deceased in residence. Death was accidental in nature.

-On October 31 at 0716hrs we responded to E 7th St. in Adrian on report of a 72 year-old male deceased in a residence. Death was due to natural causes.

-The office also reviewed 8 hospice notification cases for October.

-On November 10 at 0735hrs we responded to W Vine St. in Butler on report of 55 year-old female deceased in residence. Death accidental in nature.

-On November 16 at 0839hrs we responded to N Main St in Butler on report of 72 year old male found deceased in residence after family member was unable to contact him. Death due to natural causes.

-On November 16 at 1456hrs we responded to 4th St. in Rockville on report of a 65 year old female deceased outside a residence. Death was due to natural causes.

-On November 21 at 0833hrs we responded to SW CO RD 6008 in Rich Hill on report of an 80 year-old female found deceased in a camper near a residence. Death was due to natural causes.

-On November 29 at 1328hrs we responded to NE CO RD 5004 in Butler on report of a 57 year old female found deceased by family member. Death due to natural causes.

-The office also reviewed 2 hospice notification cases for November.

-On December 1 at 1059hrs we responded to Bates County Memorial Hospital ER on report of an 84 year-old male who had passed away while traveling through the county. Death due to natural causes.

-On December 15 at 1114hrs we reviewed a death at Research Medical Center following an incident in Bates County involving a 35 year old male. Death was due to natural causes.

-Thus far in December the office has reviewed 4 hospice death notification reports.