Longtime Coast medical examiner Dr. Paul McGarry dies at 86 - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Longtime Coast medical examiner Dr. Paul McGarry dies at 86

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SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

For more than three decades, Dr. Paul McGarry was the pathologist who helped Coast investigators determine how people died. Sunday night, the law enforcement community is mourning McGarry's passing.

At the same time, detectives are trying to figure out how autopsies will be done in the future. McGarry was a forensic pathologist who did autopsies in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson and Stone County for as long as anybody can remember.

Friends say he died Saturday afternoon in Ocean Springs from complications related to pneumonia. He was 86-years-old.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove calls McGarry his best friend, his mentor and his second father.

Hargrove said a meeting will be held Monday between county leaders and the state medical examiner. That meeting will help map out a strategy for coroners and police to investigate death cases going forward.

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