For over 10 years, Dr. Jan Garavaglia has been the chief medical examiner for Orange County and Osceola County in Florida. During her time as a medical examiner, she has overseen some high-profile cases, such as the Casey Anthony case when she conducted the autopsy on Caylee Anthony, as well as hosted her own television show. Her accomplishments were many and provided closure for several families throughout Florida. However, after over 10 years, Dr. G has decided to retire. She made the announcement last Friday and shared that her last day would be May 28.
Although she is most well known for her reality television show Dr. G Medical Examiner, she also gained fame during the Casey Anthony murder trial. Dr. G was the chief medical examiner that oversaw the autopsy on Casey’s deceased daughter, Caylee. Dr. G recalled the autopsy and case, sharing that it will stick with her forever, according to WESH TV.
“Casey Anthony will never leave me.”
Despite her high-profile position, Dr. G treated each body in the morgue with the utmost respect and ensured that each family member knew she would do her best to determine the cause of death and educate others on how to prevent similar endings. An example is how she discovered popular drug trends in Central Florida by the toxins found in the bodies, allowing for proactive education on the drugs and their dangers.
My News 13 shared that Dr. G accomplished everything she hoped for during her time as chief medical examiner. State attorney Jeff Ashton praised her accomplishments.
“She’s always made sure that her show was on the cutting edge. It’s always great to know that no matter how much national attention, we know that we can put a medical examiner up on the stand that is confident and competent.”
During her retirement, Dr. G will move closer to her husband’s hometown, located approximately 90 minutes North of Seattle. When asked about her replacement, she gave credit to the unknown person that would eventually take her place.
“They’ll find someone better than me.”
In the meantime, Dr. Joshua Stephany will take her spot as an interim chief medical examiner. She will be missed dearly by her friends, family, coworkers, and the families that have loved ones waiting for an autopsy. However, Dr. G has left each of them in great hands as her staff prepares to carry on her legacy and provide the best possible service to their community.
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