D.A.’s statement on investigation of Ventura County Chief Medical Examiner Jon J. Smith

“In response to media inquiries, District Attorney Gregory D. Totten released the following statement regarding the investigation of the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

On June 22, 2015, investigators from the District Attorney’s Office and agents from the California Medical Board executed a search warrant at the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office sought this warrant from the Ventura County Superior Court after information was received about the performance of unauthorized postmortem procedures by members of the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Significant documentary evidence was seized pursuant to the warrant and the investigation is expected to take several months to complete. When we have completed our review, and the law permits, we will disclose more information about this matter. Until we have reached that point in time, we will have no further comment concerning this ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation may contact Senior District Attorney Investigator Ralph Martinez (805) 477-1638.

Family members of decedents referred to the Ventura County Medical Examiner since 2012 who have any questions or concerns may contact the District Attorney’s Office at (805) 477-1651.”

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