Cook County watchdog clears medical examiner’s office in probe into Chicago officer’s death

CHICAGO — Several Cook County morgue employees have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the wake of a police sergeant’s death.

Chicago police Sgt. Donald Markham, 51, was found shot in the head in his bedroom in 2015. An investigation ruled it a suicide.

The medical examiner’s office was criticized for not conducting an on-scene investigation of the shooting.

But an internal investigation found the office wasn’t notified of Markham’s death in a timely manner, so the office and its employees bear no liability.

Markham’s wife, also a Chicago police officer, was found dead Memorial Day weekend of 2017.

Her death was ruled an accidental drowning.

 

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