Thirteen days after NECIR asked about Golay’s case, the Office called Sloat to say her husband died of a vascular disease and his death certificate would be mailed in a few weeks. Golay’s brother quickly made an appointment with his physician, and Sloat was finally able to claim Golay’s two insurance policies and pension.
Commission Vice Chairman Frederick Schoen, a professor of pathology at Harvard, said he believes only close to full staffing — 17 medical examiners — will eliminate systemic backlogs.
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (www.necir.org) is a nonprofit news outlet based at Boston University and WGBH TV and Radio in Boston. It is supported in part by media outlets that include The Eagle-Tribune. NECIR interns Rebecca Lee and Madelyn Powell assisted with the research for this story.