Keli McGregor, late Rockies president: Autopsy and toxicology report could take months longer

On April 20, Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor was found dead in a Salt Lake City hotel room. He was just 48 and apparently in terrific health.

Nevertheless, the Salt Lake medical examiner's office still hasn't released an autopsy and toxicology report and may not do so for another month or more from now.

According to Dennis McGowan, a public information officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department, the medical examiner anticipated that the report wouldn't be completed eight to twelve weeks after McGregor's death, "and we're at about week nine right now." He adds that it "could possibly take as much as twelve to sixteen weeks."

Why so long? A March 8 Denver Post piece presciently titled "Toxicology Results on Keli McGregor Still Weeks Away" quotes another SLCPD spokesperson, Sgt. Robin Snyder, who explained that evidence is expedited when foul play is suspected -- and that's not the case with McGregor. She told the paper that "because this is not a suspicious death, it will be low on a priority list."

But probably few in Colorado expected it to be this low.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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