Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners

2017 Fall Meeting brochure available

Click on the link below to see the brochure giving all the details of 2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo. The conference will be Friday-Saturday, September 22-23 at the Coralville Marriott. We have a great lineup of speakers and topics, and we hope to see you there!

2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo brochure 

Monona County crash claims the life of a Dr. from Whiting

May 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson, KJAN Radio Atlantic

A crash Tuesday afternoon in western Iowa’s Monona County resulted in one person dying after they were transported to Burgess Hospital, in Onawa. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 92-year old Dr. John Lee Garred, Sr., of Whiting, died from injuries he suffered when the 1997 Cadillac Eldorado he was driving turned in front of an oncoming semi just west of Whiting, at around 4:35-p.m., Tuesday.

The Patrol says Garred, who was not wearing a seat belt, was traveling west on County Road E-24 when he failed to see an eastbound a 2003 Peterbilt semi driven by 60-year old Duane Robert Miller, of Onawa. The vehicles collided at the intersection of Cork Avenue, when Garred went to turn south. Miller wasn’t injured in the crash.

NOTE: Dr. John Garred, Sr. was the original Monona County Medical Examiner and a long time member of IACME. He was well-known among IACME members because of his faithful attendance at the IACME Fall Meeting. The IACME Board of Directors extends sympathy to Dr. Garred’s family, including his son Dr. John Garred, Jr. 

 Dr. Garred funeral service/obituary

Focus on Case Studies at the 2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo

Michele Stuart, an Arizona private investigator and expert in the role of the Internet and social media in death investigation, is one of the excellent speakers confirmed for the 2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo, Friday and Saturday, September 22-23 at the Coralville Marriott.

Stuart, an instructor at Quantico for multi-country training programs, provides training to federal and state law enforcement and is a frequent author on the topic of Internet Profiling and Intelligence Gathering. She provides seminars on her specialized investigative techniques and has her own column in Professional Investigator Magazine. She will speak on Cyber and Social Media Forensic Investigations.

Julie Howe, D-ABMDI of St. Louis University will make two presentations at the Education Expo. Her first presentation will be an update on accreditation, certification and funding of medicolegal death investigation. Howe will also do the ‘MEIs only’ portion of a dual track session on the topic of scene investigation of drug-related deaths. The physician portion of the dual track will be led by Marcus Nashelsky, MD, a forensic pathologist at the University of Iowa. Dr. Nashelsky’s topic will be death certification.

This year’s banquet speaker is Terry Ledbetter, Board Certified Forensic Investigator with the St. Louis County (Missouri) Medical Examiner. He will speak on the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a case which sparked widespread civil unrest.

Dr. Tim Huntington, professor of criminal justice at Concordia University and a board certified entomologist, will speak on Saturday. Dr. Huntington, who testified in the 2011 Casey Anthony trial in Florida, will address the role of entomology in death investigation.

Other topics addressed this year will be forensic photography, expert testimony in the federal court system and the science of decomposition.

“The IACME Fall Meeting is an excellent educational opportunity for all Iowa county medical examiners and investigators to receive up-to-date information and instruction that is directly applicable to death investigation. I strongly encourage ME’s and MEI’s to attend,” says Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner and IACME Program Chair.

It’s not too late to renew your membership!

It’s not too late to renew your membership in the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners, the only statewide organization for county medical examiners and medical examiner investigators.

   To pay your dues online, go to the Pay Your Dues section, where you will find an interactive membership form and the payment button. If your address, phone number or email have changed since last year or you are a new member, please complete the form so we have your current information. The online payment button is at the bottom of the membership form. You can pay for up to 10 members with one transaction.
Remember, IACME members receive a discounted rate for the September 22-23 IACME Fall Meeting.
   If you have questions about paying electronically or need a paper receipt for reimbursement purposes, please phone Chris Sutton at
515.212.9685 or email her at:
  We have also provided a printable dues statement if you wish to register and pay through regular mail. Just send the completed form and your dues check to: IACME, PO Box 554, Altoona, IA  50009.
Thank you for your support of the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners. We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and productive 2017.

2017 IACME Elections

IACME annual elections will take place Friday, September 22, 2017 in conjunction with the Fall Meeting and Education Expo at the Coralville Marriott. Positions up for election include: President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer and four Board seats. All carry two-year terms that run from January, 2018 through December, 2019. Anyone interested in seeking election to the Board may phone IACME Executive Director Cheri Jensen at 515.957.9246 or email her at

At the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo October 14-15, an expert panel discussed opioid addiction in Iowa. Pictured (from left) are: Edward Bottei, MD, Medical Director Iowa Poison Control Center; DeAnn Decker, Bureau Chief of Substance Abuse, Iowa Dept. of Public Health; Sam Quinones, author of an award winning book on America’s heroin epidemic; and panel moderator Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner.

Another successful Fall Meeting and Education Expo

The Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners completed another very successful Fall Meeting and Education Expo Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 at the West Des Moines Marriott.

The program included presentations on gunshot wounds, conducting medicolegal interviews and mass disaster planning. In the photo above, an expert panel discusses opioid addiction in Iowa. The panel was moderated by Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner. Participating in the panel was Los Angeles Time reporter Sam Quinones, who wrote the award-winning book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” Mr. Quinones was also the Friday evening banquet speaker.

IACME elections were held at a member meeting on Friday evening. Two incumbents —Gregory Schmunk, MD and Thomas Summitt, D-ABMDI — were re-elected to the IACME Board of Directors. One new Board member was elected— Staci Olson, RN, MEI. All offices carry 2-year terms.

An attendee list is available below. Watch the November IACME News for more photos and news from the 2016 Fall Meeting.

Next year’s IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo will be Friday-Saturday, September 22-23, 2017 at the Coralville Marriott.

2016 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo Attendee List

Speaker handouts—IACME Fall Meeting

Speaker handouts for the 2016 IACME Fall Meeting are in the Meeting Materials section of this web site. This section is password-protected. The password was emailed yesterday to everyone registered to attend the meeting. If you are registered for the meeting but didn’t receive the password, please phone IACME Executive Director Cheri Jensen at 515.957.9246.