But the Register has confirmed they never sent the tissue sample to the Lucas County coroner's office after picking it up from Dr. Cyril Wecht, who performed an autopsy in September under contract with the Limberios family. County officials had steadfastly refused to order an autopsy previous to that.
"As of this date, my office has not received a request to do a second autopsy on Mr Limberios, nor have we received any tissue samples," Lucas County deputy coroner Cynthia S. Beisser said. "Our office policy is to refer questions about out-of-county cases to the Coroner who has requested the autopsy. If and when we receive a request for an autopsy on Mr. Limberios, we will follow that policy.
Despite the previous refusal to order an autopsy, on Monday Dean sent notice that county coroner John Wukie is ordering a second exhumation of Jacob Limberios' body so that a second autopsy could be conducted.
The Limberios family is opposing the order awaiting more information why a second autopsy is necessary. Dean previously suggested the value of a second autopsy was questionable. He has declined to offer an explanation for the change in his thinking, or say whether the tissue sample has been held or destroyed.
Mike and Shannon Limberios will be the guests at 2 p.m. today on "Between the Lines Live" at sanduskyregister.com reacting to Dean's decision to seek a second exhumation. The program will be available for demand viewing later today.
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