Calling Dr. Wolf
December 4th, 2012 @ 8:49 am

On my way to work on the morning of December 4th, 2012, I tried calling Dr. Barbara Wolf, the District Five Medical Examiner. I wanted to see if she had heard from attorney Steve Phillips, since I have not had any communication with him since an email he sent me on November 8th. The woman […]

The End
September 6th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

Dr. Allen Cusack of Cusack Mortuary just emailed me: Great News!! The medical examiner’s office for Volusia County approved the cremation at 11:26 a. m. Like I said, it wouldn’t take long once we had a doctor’s signature. The delay has been Dr. Peele as everyone else has been ready to do our duties. The […]

Still No Death Certificate
September 5th, 2012 @ 7:42 am

My mother died well over three weeks ago. She has yet to be cremated. This is absurd and disgusting and pathetic and insulting and I am really just at a complete loss at this point. Here’s the email I just received from Dr. Allen Cusack of Cusack Mortuary. (Allen has been kind and gentle and […]

The Process
August 30th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

It only took Dr. Allen Cusack about five minutes to reply to my email. He said: Good Afternoon, We are still awaiting a response from Dr. Peele, which I should have before the close of business today. As soon as he signs off, we will have the cremation completed and will send your mother to […]

Dr. Peele Will Sign
August 17th, 2012 @ 8:33 am

Chris Boden called me from the office of the Volusia County Medical Examiner. The number on my called ID displayed as (386) 736-2700 and for a moment I was hopeful that it might be Dr. Hermann calling to tell me there had been a mistake. But, no. Chris told me, “Our office made contact with […]

A Plea
August 17th, 2012 @ 7:18 am

I called Dr. Hermann, the chief medical examiner of Volusia County, with the intent of begging her to reconsider or at least to explain how her office could so absurdly claim that my mother died of natural causes and therefore her death did not warrant an autopsy. She didn’t answer her phone, of course. I […]

Calling Steve
August 17th, 2012 @ 7:10 am

Around ten o’clock in the morning on August 17th, 2012, I called Steve Phillips to let him know about my conversation with the medical examiner, but he didn’t answer his phone. I left him a voice mail message asking him to return my call.

Not a Medical Examiner Case
August 17th, 2012 @ 6:45 am

I called the office of the Volusia County Medical Examiner this morning since I did not hear from anyone there yesterday. 1 I asked for Bob Burch and was told that he has the day off today. I asked for Dr. Hermann and the person who had answered the phone asked me, “What case is […]

Cusack Mortuary
August 16th, 2012 @ 9:57 am

A few days after she arrived at Cusack Mortuary, Dr. Cusack emailed me looking for an update: Good Morning Mr. Gagne, Just wanted to check in with you and see what was the lastest. Also wondering if you had a photo of your mother that you could send me in jpg form to add it […]

Calling the Medical Examiner’s Office
August 15th, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

I called 1 the office of the Volusia County Medical Examiner to see if I could get an update on whether they had decided to do an autopsy on my mother’s body. I asked the woman who answered the phone if I could speak to Mr. Burch. She said, “Can I tell him who’s calling?” […]