Med­i­cal ex­am­iner in Sandy Hook mas­sacre, other crimes dies

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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.

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