Monday, January 21, 2013
I previously blogged about how an autopsy on Urooj Khan was set for Friday, January 18, 2013. On Friday, Khan's body was exhumed from a cemetery and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Pathologists collected samples of hair, nails, and most body organs, along with contents of the stomach. These tests may determine how Khan was exposed to the cyanide--whether he inhaled it, swallowed it, or was injected with it.
The medical examiner, Stephen Cina, said that even though the body was in a state of advanced decomposition, they were able to identify the major organs and get the samples they needed from those. However, Cina also said that given the length of time Khan was in the ground, he did not know whether investigators would ultimately be able to determine how he ingested the poison. Even after the two hour autopsy though, Cina maintained that however Khan was exposed to the poison, he was a victim of homicide. Authorities remain quiet about who they suspect poisoned Khan.
See Jason Keyser, Autopsy Conducted on Body of Ill. Lottery Winner, abcnews.com, Jan. 19, 2013.