MOUNT VERNON — Though family have identified the victim of a Nov. 18 fire, the Knox County Coroner is not releasing the woman’s name until a medical identification can be made.
Writing in an email to the News Monday, Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle said that though “there is no dispute from the family or elsewhere as to who we suspect died in the fire,” it is standard procedure to medically determine ID “when visual identification cannot be made.”
Ogle said medical records are being used to confirm the deceased’s identity, as well as a serial number on a medical device. Ogle said the process takes time as it involves cooperation with multiple contacts.
Ogle said DNA may be used, but only if the medical records and the medical device are not enough to make an identification.