Medical examiner worker died after injecting cocaine

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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2005

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An autopsy found that a medical examiner worker died after injecting herself with cocaine.

Jessica Walker, 29, was found dead July 6 in the garage of the state medical examiner's office.

The death is considered an accident, Anchorage police said.

The autopsy performed by the Oregon State Police medical examiner's office found the cause of death to be ''toxic effects of cocaine.'' Since Walker worked for the Alaska state medical examiner, the office's Oregon counterpart did the autopsy to ensure the investigation's independence, police said.

Walker worked her regular day shift that week and also was on call through the night in case of emergencies. The night of her death, she was called to pick up bodies recovered from a plane crash and bring them to the Medical Examiner's Office, according to police Capt. Ross Plummer.

Walker did her work but at some point must have injected herself with cocaine, Plummer said. It appeared she was alone at the office, he said. She was found by co-workers early the next morning.

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