Dr. A. Quinn Strobl, CAP Member, Conducts Prince Autopsy

KTSP: Prince Autopsy Puts Anoka County Medical Examiner's Office in Spotlight

Prince's death has put the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in the spotlight. Prince died Thursday at his home and recording studio called Paisley Park in the Carver County town of Chanhassen.

The office completed the autopsy on the Minneapolis-born musician Friday at its offices in Ramsey, and the results are expected to take at least two weeks to complete.

The announcement that Midwest Medical Examiner's Office was getting the Prince case heightened the attention on the office.

"This case is getting significantly more attention than other cases I have handled on behalf of the office," said Martha Weaver, a spokeswoman for Midwest.

The agency created a Twitter account to communicate with reporters and followers interested in the autopsy.

"I think my phone melted three times," Weaver joked. "It's been significant inquiries."

The doctor overseeing the case has been the chief medical examiner at Midwest since 2009. Dr. A. Quinn Strobl has been a practicing forensic pathologist since completing a fellowship in 2005. She is board certified in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology and is one three medical examiners in the office.

Anoka County has run the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office for years. It is one of four medical examiner's offices in Minnesota; many of Minnesota's counties use the Hennepin County or Ramsey County medical examiner's offices.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office is the official coroner for 19 of Minnesota's 87 counties, including Carver, Chisago, Wright, Mille Lacs, Meeker, Douglas and Isanti counties. It does between 750 and 800 autopsies each year.

The agency was called Midwest Forensic Pathology until it changed its name in 2005 to Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.


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