Questions Raised over Autopsies Performed by Former Solano County Coroner

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There are serious concerns about autopsies in Solano County, where there may be discrepancies in as many as three dozen cases.

Dr. Susan Hogan performed the autopsies in some of Solano County’s highest profile cases, including the murder of a 13-year-old girl last February and a Vacaville double murder in 2010.

Dr.  Hogan retired in December and says she’ll only testify in those cases if she’s paid.

Her former boss isn’t too pleased.

“I feel that it’s the responsibility to conclude your case work, if you did the work, that you should follow up with the testimony much like peace officers do,” Solano County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Brad DeWall said.

Hogan wasn’t home when FOX40 went by, but her neighbors had nothing but wonderful things to say about her.

“[Hogan is] very friendly and offers help to anyone that’s having problems,” neighbor Leonti Thompson said.

“I would have to say something else is there, I would think, because she’s not that type of individual that would stir something up,” Ian Smith, another neighbor, said of concerns over Hogan’s professionalism.

The Sheriff’s Department says it has learned of concerns with Dr. Hogan’s autopsies and her findings – including the case of 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen.

Fairfield Police sent Conway-Allen’s body to Santa Clara County for a second autopsy.

READ: FOX40 Obtains Questionable Letter Sent from Coroner to Prosecutor in Fairfield Rape Case

Some have suggested that if Hogan’s autopsies are suspect, that may call into question some 37 other cases she was reviewing.

Officially, the Sheriff’s Department says concerns about Dr. Hogan’s autopsies had nothing to do with her departure.

“She retired willingly,” Lt. DeWall said. “I can’t really get into the details of it all, but she did retire willingly.”

However, Solano County has no forensic pathologist on staff at this point, but is instead using outside contractors while it reassesses how autopsies will be performed in the long term.

As for whether Dr. Hogan will be forced to testify, the District Attorney’s Office tells FOX40 it does not want anyone to work for free and will do whatever it takes to convince her to take the stand.

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