Autopsy complete in Donofrio case

James Donofrio
James Donofrio

Well over a year after the body of Valley businessman Jim Donofrio was recovered, investigators in West Virginia have finally completed an autopsy report. But according to West Virginia law, the results of that examination are confidential.

In response to WKBN’s requests for the autopsy results, R. Neal Kerley, executive secretary for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources stated in a written reply that “In all cases, autopsy and investigative findings and results of ancillary studies performed by or at the request of OCME are confidential information and therefore, not subject to release to the public.”

Donofrio disappeared in September 2011, prompting an intensive search by family, friends and law enforcement. His body was recovered about six months later along the shore of the Ohio River in West Virginia. It took more than a year to identify the remains.

Family members of the late restaurant owner are still waiting for the results of the autopsy report as well, saying they’ve been frustrated for months by all the delays.

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