OLIVIA - Four motor vehicle deaths and four deaths classified as suicides were among the deaths in Renville County investigated by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in 2018.
Dr. A. Quinn Strobl, pathologist with the Midwest Medical Examiner's office, reported to the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday on the 83 cases, 11 requiring autopsies, that the office investigated last year for the county.
The 11 autopsies is one more than conducted than the prior. One was a natural death, a 59-year-old woman who died of heart disease.
There were nine accidental deaths in the county last year. Four were due to motor vehicle accidents. All of the victims were male. They ranged in age from 2 to 50 years. The 2-year-old died in a farm machinery incident.
Substances were detected in two cases: Methamphetamine was found in one and alcohol in another.
Strobl reported that two deaths were attributed solely to substance abuse. Two people with heart disease used stimulants: One used cocaine and one used methamphetamine.
Three accidental deaths were due to standing height falls by persons in their 80 and 90s. They suffered hip fractures and died of complications.
The pathologist investigated four suicides, the highest number since 2014. All four decedents were male, aged 15 to 63 years, she reported. Two died of gunshot wounds and two of asphyxia-hanging.
There were no homicides investigated by the office in the county last year. The office was called to examine bones that had been discovered. They were determined to be non-human.
The office also approved 56 cremations in the county last year.