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Two state medical examiners to review autopsy reports from Colonial Parkway murders

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 16, 2009
and last updated 2012-03-01 11:45:01-05

There is a surprising new development in the Colonial Parkway serial killer investigation.

A pair of state medical examiners, one retired and one current, met Friday to gather files on the Colonial Parkway murders. This came not at the request of the FBI, but from the families of the victims.

Dr. Marcella Fierro, a former state medical examiner and the inspiration for crime writer Patricia Cornwell’s character Kay Scarpetta, is coming out of retirement to review the autopsy reports of six of the Colonial Parkway victims.

Joining her on this case will be the state’s current medical examiner, Dr. Leah Bush. Dr. Bush is a familiar face in Norfolk because she headed the local medical examiner’s office for several years.

The two women met today and are in the process of gathering the autopsy reports of the six murder victims. Two bodies were never found.

This is all according to Bill Thomas, the brother of victim Cathleen Thomas. What’s amazing is that this all came about from his family request, and not from the FBI or state police. Thomas has been talking to the doctors asking for their help.

Dr. Fierro was involved in these cases when they first happened.

According to Thomas, Dr. Bush is gathering all the autopsy reports and they women will spend the next two weeks examining them.

This renewed interest in the case came after NewsChannel 3 broke the story last month that crime-scene photos from the murders were leaked to the public. After that, the FBI promised the families they would put more resources into solving these decades-old murders.

And the FBI appears to be doing just that. Sources involved in the investigation tell NewsChannel 3 FBI agents have been tracking down people whose names first surfaced in this case many years ago. Anyone with information about the colonial parkway murders is urged to contact the Norfolk FBI office at (757) 455-0100