Coroner’s inquest into ex-lab director’s role in graves scandal

Image copyright CAIC An Ontario coroner’s inquest is investigating Dr. Thomas Tracy, the former director of the Coroner’s Pathology Laboratory in Hamilton, Ont. The purpose of the inquest is to determine if there are…

Coroner's inquest into ex-lab director's role in graves scandal

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An Ontario coroner’s inquest is investigating Dr. Thomas Tracy, the former director of the Coroner’s Pathology Laboratory in Hamilton, Ont.

The purpose of the inquest is to determine if there are missed and duplicate samples in Dr. Tracy’s lab that can impede the identification of victims after the suspicious deaths of women found in unmarked graves.

Dr. Tracy, who left the lab in December 2017, has not been named as a suspect. But his name first surfaced in the scandal linked to bodies discovered in shallow graves along a Hamilton creek in May 2017.

The Toronto Star reported he was in charge of the lab when a single unidentified body was missing. Dr. Tracy wasn’t in a position to notify police until eight months later.

According to the Star, he had looked into the cases of the anonymous woman, which left her vulnerable to a much wider investigation. Investigators never learned why she was being left out of the investigations.

Earlier this year, Dr. Tracy responded to the Star’s report through a letter defending his actions and accused the newspaper of defamation.

The coroner’s inquest into the deaths of 52 women who are believed to have been dumped in Hamilton’s Moses Creek isn’t the first time Dr. Tracy has come under fire.

In a report published by The Globe and Mail, Dr. Tracy is accused of performing “a lavish lifestyle lifestyle” while laborer’s wages were frozen.

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