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State’s chief medical examiner placed on leave

The state’s chief medical examiner has been placed on administrative leave. 

According to a brief statement issued by the Department of Public Safety, Dr. Mark LeVaughn has been placed on leave. A spokesman for the department went on to say that DPS will not comment further on this “personnel issue.”

The Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office is tasked with “assuring the citizens of Mississippi that all deaths affecting the public interest are properly investigated and reported.”

Dr. LeVaughn had led the office since 2011. 

This story will be updated as new information becomes available. 

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