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Date: August 8, 2006
Contact: Greg Sandstrom
Phone: (360) 337-7077
No. 06-62

Coroner's Office Revisits Determination of Death in Shannon Case

PORT ORCHARD, WA—The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office issued a statement today regarding its investigation into the death of Kristina Shannon. Shannon, a 29-year-old resident at Frances Haddon Morgan Center in Bremerton, died at Harrison Hospital on July 2, 2005. The office investigated the death, while the autopsy was performed by Forensic Pathologist Dr. Emmanuel Q. Lacsina.

Based on initial toxicology reports and no other indicators as to the cause of death, Dr. Lacsina concluded the death should be ruled as acute drug intoxication due to chlorpheniramine. In May 2006, the Coroner’s Office issued a statement concurring with Dr. Lacsina’s findings. However, after a more exhaustive investigation that included obtaining the opinions of many highly recognized experts in the field of medicine, the Coroner’s office has changed the cause of death from drug intoxication to undetermined.

“We have always kept an open mind in investigating this or any other case,” said Greg Sandstrom, Coroner. “The original determination was based on the best information available to us at the time. However, as subsequent information has become available, we feel it is our obligation to revisit our determination of death and make appropriate changes to the cause of death based on what we now know.”

In investigating deaths, the Coroner’s Office determines both the cause and manner of death when evidence presents itself. If additional information is obtained that contradicts the initial findings, the office will consider changing either the cause or manner of death ruling.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014