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After months of searching, Mahoning County hires Forensic Pathologist

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After months of searching for a Mahoning County Forensic Pathologist, the coroner's office has hired a viable candidate out of Pittsburgh. 

The new hire, Dr. Tanner Bartholow, started at the coroner's office on July 1.

This hire is a big step for the county. 

The Deputy Mahoning County Coroner, Dr. Ohr, passed away in April of 2017 from pancreatic cancer.

21 News previously reported there are roughly 500 deaths in Mahoning County each year, and 125 of those deaths require autopsies. Since April 2017, those autopsies haven't been performed in the county but instead have been transferred elsewhere. 

Dr. David Kennedy of the Mahoning County Coroner's Office says the bodies were transferred to Cuyahoga County for an autopsy. 

Commissioner Anthony Trafficanti says the cost of transferring bodies 70 miles north to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner was $160,000 annually.

Cuyahoga County charges $1,250 per case.

Officials say the money came from the county's budget. Although it wasn't a huge financial burden, several other issues came with autopsies being performed three counties away. 

Dr. Kennedy said one thing he wasn't happy about was the distance. "Families want access, the police need access, and when the body is out of the area in Cleveland, it will cause a delay." 

Kennedy says Dr. Tanner is originally from Pittsburgh but has experience working in Columbus.

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