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East Ga. coroners sending bodies to metro Atlanta

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Eastern Georgia coroners say they've been struggling to send bodies to suburban Atlanta since the Georgia Bureau of Investigation failed to replace a retired medical examiner at its local crime lab.

The examiner in Augusta's lab retired in the fall of 2013 and GBI officials say the position was moved to Decatur, just east of Atlanta. GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang says the agency hasn't been able to find a qualified forensic pathologist to work in Augusta despite a six-figure salary offer.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen tells the Augusta Chronicle his office pays a transportation company about $500 for each body to be sent to Decatur and back for examinations.

He and Burke County, Coroner Susan Salemi say they've had to make adjustments to deal with the unexpected costs.

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