Spartanburg, Greenville Coroners see spike in caseloads

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Two Upstate coroners tell 7News there’s been a spike in their caseloads this year. 

The Coroner’s office investigates violent, sudden and suspicious deaths. 

“There is at least some questioning done on any death done outside the hospital.” Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger told 7News. 

Greenville County Deputy Coroner Kent Dill says during the summer months more people are out and about, which increase the number of deaths due to crashes, accidental drownings and causes of that nature. 

However, deaths are unpredictable. 

“There’s really no rhyme or reason to how many cases we may work in any given month, in any given year” Clevenger said. 

7News has learned the caseloads for the Spartanburg County and the Greenville County Coroner’s Office continues to grow each year – individually for different reasons. 

“In Spartanburg, we are currently number 2 in traffic fatalities, right now, within the state.” Clevenger said. 

“We’re seeing and uptick in suicides it appears,” Dill told 7News. 

In Spartanburg County, Coroner Clevenger says a lot of his recent cases involve investigations into deadly crashes, a recent spike in homicides and one cause of death that he says doesn’t sit well with him. 

“The real concern I’m seeing now and I would like to go ahead and put this out, if it’s okay… our domestic related homicides are alarming to me.” Clevenger said. 

In Greenville County, Deputy Coroner Dill says the workload includes many of the same death investigations as Spartanburg, differing in two areas that have recently spiked including self-inflicted deaths. 

“The other and probably the most dramatic increase has been in deaths that relate to drugs and or alcohol, and overdoses,” said Dill. 

Both Coroners tell 7News substance abuse related deaths continue to top their caseloads. 

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