Saturday, November 25, 2017

Conn. medical examiner expects little from exam of Adam Lanza's body

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Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's chief medical examiner says he doubts toxicological tests and genetic analysis of the body of the gunman who fatally shot 20 children and six educators at an elementary school will explain his actions.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported Friday that Dr. Wayne Carver, who autopsied the body of gunman Adam Lanza, said an examination of Lanza's brain showed nothing unusual.

"It's a fishing expedition," he said. "I don't think we'll find answers. But that doesn't mean you don't look."

Carver said Lanza's brain showed no tumor or gross deformity, though he didn't expect to find a gross deformity. "That would be associated with very severe disabilities," he said.

The toxicology exam, which could take several weeks, involves testing body fluids for psychiatric medications or illegal substances. Carver said the result could provide "potentially valuable information" in creating a full picture of Lanza.

Lanza fatally shot himself after the Dec. 14 shootings. His body was claimed by his father on Dec. 27 and the public may never know what happened with the remains.

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