See the documents for yourself in the death investigations of Daryl and Shirley Jenkins and Jeffrey Williams. The Observer compiled hundreds of documents and images in the course of reporting on their deaths in a hotel room in Boone. These are some of the most compelling documents plus condensed replays of the 911 calls from the Best Western.
The 911 calls
Here is the 911 call in the April 2013 deaths of Daryl and Shirley Jenkins at the Best Western in Boone.
Here is the 911 call in June for Jeffrey Williams and his mother, who survived.
• Toxicology report requests for Daryl and Shirley Jenkins. These documents show that Dr. Brent Hall did not fill in key sections of the paperwork, the state said.
• Shirley Jenkins autopsy report
• Shirley Jenkins death investigation report
• Shirley Jenkins toxicology report
• Daryl Jenkins autopsy report
• Daryl Jenkins death investigation report
• Daryl Jenkins toxicology report
• Jeffrey Williams death investigation report
• Jeffrey Williams toxicology report
• A hazardous material team was summoned from Asheville to search for dangers in the hotel. This is the team's incident report.
• Emails between medical examiner Brent Hall and North Carolina chief medical examiner Deboarah Radisch from June 10 to June 14.
This compilation of emails includes Hall's resignation as a medical examiner.
Slideshow: The families
Slideshow: The state's evidence
Slideshow: Key players
The hotel layout
Putting it all together
Medical examiner database
If someone you know has been part of a death in North Carolina that was considered suspicious, unusual or unnatural, you can see whether the body was ever viewed by a medical examiner. Search this database using first and last names of the deceased.
In hundreds of cases, medical examiners do not order an autopsy or view the body. Without these steps, which are required under N.C. guidelines, it is possible that families are left with unanswered questions about a loved one's death or, in rare cases, the lack of a proper investigation can mean a crime has gone undetected.
This Charlotte Observer database of medical examiner records contains investigations in which medical examiners did not view the body or order an autopsy. The Observer eliminated specific death information to protect families' privacy.
If you believe a specific case was improperly investigated, please email Fred Clasen-Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 704-358-5027.
Previous Charlotte Observer stories on the Jenkins and Williams deaths and the N.C. medical examiner's office
June 13 Opinion: A tragedy that never should have happened
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