Victims' families say low autopsy rate depriving them of answers

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For more than a year, Greg Sword waited to find out the official cause of his 14-year-old daughter Kamilah’s death.

The teen’s body was found in her bedroom in the Metro Vancouver city of Port Coquitlam, B.C., in the summer of 2022. Her death appeared to be an overdose.

“I assumed they were going to do an autopsy — but they didn’t,” said Sword, recalling his dealings with the B.C. Coroners Service (BCCS).

“They just did a toxicology report.”

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Fourteen months after her death, Sword received the coroner’s report. It concluded the teen’s death was caused by cocaine and MDMA use, although there were other drugs in her

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