State regulators notify county that investigation of ME continues

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LUBBOCK, Texas — On Thursday, EverythingLubbock.com obtained a letter sent by the Texas Medical Board’s senior investigator explaining to a Lubbock County official why an investigation into the medical examiner’s office will continue beyond the standard 180-day duration. 

Currently, NAAG, the company in charge of the office of Lubbock County Medical Examiner, is under investigation by the medical board and the Texas Rangers.  Among the allegations, at least one family, one former employee and one former contractor accuse the medical examiner’s office of removing organs from children without the consent of their families. 

In the letter, Senior Investigator Sherri Parsons explained it was their duty by law to notify parties involved of a reason for the investigation continuing past the 180-day mark. 

The letter read, in part: “The reason this particular investigation will exceed the 180-day statutory deadline is that the complaint at issue is currently under administrative review in regard to possible resolution. You will be advised of the status of the complaint upon completion of this review.”

For continuing coverage of this investigation CLICK HERE.

The following is the full letter from the Medical Board: 

Board Rule 179.6 stipulates that each investigation shall be completed before the passage of the 180th day after the complaint has been filed for investigation, unless there is good cause as to why the investigation could not be completed within that time. Please be advised that the above referenced case investigation will exceed its 180-day deadline. You are entitled to now the reason why this case will exceed the 180-day deadline.

The reason this particular investigation will exceed the 180-day statutory deadline is that the complaint at issue is currently under administrative review in regard to possible resolution. You will be advised of the status of the complaint upon completion of this review. 

Please be advised that every effort is being made to bring this matter to resolution. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (512) 598-xxxx. My e-mail address is xxxx@tmb.state.tx.us. 

Sincerely, 

Sherri Parsons Senior Investigator 

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