Sangamon County’s new forensic pathologist is officially on the job.
The State Journal-Register reports 35-year-old Nathaniel Patterson has already conducted his first autopsy here.
Hiring Patterson will allow the county to stop sending bodies to Bloomington in cases where there are questions about the circumstances of a person’s death.
This is Patterson’s first job as a forensic pathologist…and it follows a reprimand by state regulators for past issues with alcohol abuse.
Coroner Cinda Edwards says she has confidence that Patterson has put his past problems behind him.