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Watauga County medical examiner resigns after Boone hotel deaths

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A spokesperson for the N.C. Dept of Health and Human Services confirms that Dr. Brent Hall, Medical Examiner for Watauga County, resigned Friday afternoon, WCNC reports.

According to the toxicology report, Dr. Hall electronically signed off on the report.

The N.C. medical examiner’s office learned that carbon monoxide might have killed an elderly woman in a Boone hotel two weeks ago, but failed to alert local authorities about the threat until after an 11-year-old boy died in the same room.

A report obtained by the Charlotte Observer shows the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner knew on June 1 that a blood test showed carbon monoxide poisoning may have killed Shirley Mae Jenkins, 72, in April.

Jeffrey Williams of Rock Hill died June 8 while staying in room No. 225 at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza. Williams also died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

More at: WCNC