Medical examiner in Sandy Hook massacre, other crimes dies
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, the former Connecticut chief medical examiner whose office examined the bodies of victims of the state’s most infamous homicides, including the children and educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has died. He was 67.
Carver died Thursday night at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, said Dr. James Gill, current chief medical examiner. Carver’s death was natural, he said, but the exact cause was not immediately clear.
Carver, a portly man known for his dark sense of humor, joined the medical examiner’s office in 1983 and headed the office from 1989 until his retirement in 2013.
His most difficult day, he said, was the massacre at Sandy Hook in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were gunned down.
“I’ve been at this a third of a century,” he said during a media interview after the school shooting. “It’s probably the worst I have seen or the worst that ... any of my colleagues have seen.”
He also investigated the killing of Helle Crafts, of Newtown, whose husband, Richard, fed her body through a woodchipper in 1986.