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Police say autopsy backlog is causing delay in Davis jail death investigation

Police say an investigation into the death of a 20-year-old man at a Farmington jail is still open nearly 16 months later because of a backlog of cases at the Utah Medical Examiner's Office.
Police say an investigation into the death of a 20-year-old man at a Farmington jail is still open nearly 16 months later because of a backlog of cases at the Utah Medical Examiner's Office.
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FARMINGTON — Police say an investigation into the death of a 20-year-old man at a Farmington jail is still open nearly 16 months later because of a backlog of cases at the Utah Medical Examiner's Office.

Police were called to conduct an independent investigation after Dominic Landreth died in the Davis County Jail in August 2016, the Standard-Examiner reports.

Unified Police Sgt. Tim Duran says the death appears to be self-inflicted, but officers require a medical examiner's report and toxicology results for any unattended jail deaths. Landreth was one of the four inmates who died at the jail over a two-month period last year.

Medical examiner's office officials say progress was being made on the backlog, but factors such as employee turnover and increased opioid-related deaths have been causing delays.