Coroner left bills unpaid for months


Crystel Myers (right, at a crime scene last fall with Deputy Coroner Rudy Nylund) has kept possession of the office's van even though she hasn't taken a call since December, Nylund said. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter file photo)

GREENFIELD — Hancock County Coroner Crystel Myers has left her office in a mess of unpaid bills since last summer, county officials said Tuesday, as they weigh how to move forward while Myers waits for her criminal trial to begin in June.

Myers, arrested in December on a theft charge, had nearly $15,000 worth of unpaid invoices dating back to August.

Myers, who could not be reached for comment, continues to hold the elected office. While pathologists and funeral homes were left in limbo as they waited to be paid, Myers continued to maintain possession of the office van used to transport bodies for autopsies, despite the fact she hasn’t been on a professional call since her December arrest.

Chief Deputy Coroner Rudy Nylund brought the issues before the county commissioners Tuesday. He said as he tries to catch up with the bookkeeping problems, more budgeting issues could arise in the near future.

“The main issue was, because some of the bills did not get turned in at last year’s budget, this year’s budget is going to have to take care of last year’s bills as well as this year’s,” Nylund said after the meeting. “I wanted to give them a heads-up that this fall, we could be depleted on funds for laboratory calls and autopsy calls.”

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