Knox County Tennessee
Regional Forensic Center

Medico-Legal Death Investigators

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The role of the Medico-Legal Death Investigator (MDI) is to investigate any death that falls under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner, including all suspicious, violent, unexplained, and unexpected deaths. They are the Forensic Center’s first responders. They seek, gather, document pertinent circumstantial, historical, and other data; aiding in identifying and determining cause and manner of death. Our MDIs work alongside local agencies to ensure scenes are thoroughly investigated and to find the decedent’s next of kin. The MDI preserves evidence and anticipates future questions by communicating and coordinating with the Medical Examiner. Our MDI team is professional, articulate, confident, and compassionate.


Medico-Legal Death Investigator Manager

  • MORGAN MAPLES, D-ABMDI

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • CHRIS HAWLEY, D-ABMDI

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • MEGAN SHARPE, D-ABMDI

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • KARISSA FULTON, D-ABMDI

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • LISA TAYLOR, D-ABMDI

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • COREY COPPOLA

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • HEATHER COOKE

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • BROOKE GRUNENWALD

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • LAURA LEONARD, D-ABMDI

Medico-Legal Death Investigator

  • ASHLEY TAYLOR
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Regional Forensic Center

2761 Sullins Street
Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: 865-215-8000
Business Hours Fax: 865-215-8001
After Hours Fax: 865-215-8011

Business Office Hours:
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
To report a death, our medicolegal death investigators are available 24/7 at 865-215-8010