Madison County Coroner Dr. Troy Abbott accuses the Dunnichay family, which ran the coroner’s office for almost 30 years, of mixing Dunnichay Funeral Home business with Madison County coroner business, of misusing the county’s tax-exempt status and of generally shoddy and questionable office management practices.
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Madison County is purchasing a refrigerated trailer to serve as a temporary morgue. The County Commissioners on Tuesday approved buying the refrigerated cooler from Polar King at a cost of $16,509. The cooler is being paid for through the county’s share of federal COVI,D-19 funding.
The shortage of morgue space and a recent spike in COVID-19 cases has resulted in a combined effort between Madison County Coroner Dr. Troy Abbott, local hospitals and area funeral homes.
A couple whose son died June 10 appeared Tuesday before the Madison County Council to complain about their treatment by the coroner’s office. After the council meeting, County Coroner Dr. Troy Abbott announced his office would change its policy about families viewing the deceased.