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Homicides, total deaths at 17-year high in Jefferson County

(abc3340.com)

Jefferson County Medical Examiners' office reports the number of deaths in 2017 was higher than in the past 17 years in the county.

One of the reasons the total was so high: unnatural deaths.

From 2016 to 2017 the numbers jumped from about 2,700 to about 4,000 deaths.

According to the medical examiners office homicides are at a 17-year high as well.

Last year there were 172 homicides.

There were 248 natural deaths, but there were about 20 more deaths from overdoses.

As of March 9th, there were 51 unclaimed bodies at the Jeff Co. Medical Examiners' office.

To view those names click HERE.

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