One of the primary purposes of the Medical Examiner’s Office is to conduct inquests or investigations into the cause and manner of deaths occurring within Tarrant, Denton, Johnson and Parker Counties. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s District staffs an around-the-clock investigative division responsible for initiating a formal response to all reportable cases.
Investigators within the district made inquiries into approximately 12,632 deaths in 2018. Forensic investigators are trained in a multi-disciplinary capacity and possess unique education and abilities, including knowledge of criminal investigation techniques, relevant aspects of forensic medicine, crime scene processing skills, and maintenance of case integrity. Additionally, each investigator is capable of conducting effective interviews, locating and notifying next-of-kin, and interacting with law enforcement personnel.
Once a jurisdictional death is reported, an investigator attends the scene or hospital where the death occurred. After conducting the initial investigation, an investigator prepares a detailed case report containing biographical data on the decedent, a narrative of the events leading up to the time of death or discovery of the decedent, and a summation of all investigative analyses and leads. Additionally, investigators coordinate with hospitals, physicians, law enforcement agencies, employers, families, and other pertinent sources to gather information that might be of value to the determination of both a decedent's positive identification as well as the cause and manner of death.
Michael Floyd began working for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's District in 1990 as the Chief Medical Investigator assigned to Parker County and he transferred to Tarrant County in 1993. In 1997, he was promoted to the position of Senior Forensic Investigator, became the Supervisory Investigator in 2009, and was appointed Chief Forensic Death Investigator in 2010. Prior to his employment at the medical examiner's office, Michael was a Texas-certified EMT-Paramedic for 16 years. He also holds a TCOLE Master Peace Officer certificate and Instructor license, and has been a commissioned peace officer since 1981. In 1984, he earned an Associate in Arts degree from Weatherford College and in 1996 a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Texas Wesleyan University. Additionally, since 2000 Michael has been a registered Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, an agency endorsed by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board.
Mr. Taylor started his career in 1990 at the Denton County Medical Examiner's Office. After multi-year tenures in Denton and Tarrant County he transfered back to the Denton office in 2003. Troy teaches medical examiner law, wound patterning, and decompositional changes for intermediate crime scene classes as well as basic peace officer certification classes. He has attended medico-legal death investigation training and psychological profiling schools. In 2007, Mr. Taylor was promoted to the position of Senior Forensic Death Investigator for Denton County.
Gary Morris began his service with the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office as a Reserve Investigator in 2006. Mr. Morris served in several positions, advancing to his current position as the Senior Forensic Death Investigator for the Johnson County office in 2011. He has attended Forensic Death Investigation training in Fort Worth, St. Louis, Arizona, and New York.
Traci Brockway began her career in law enforcement in 1994 and began working as a deputy sheriff for the Parker County Sheriff's Office in 2014. Her past history includes employment as a peace officer in Arkansas, working with the 14th District Drug Task Force, and working as a juvenile probation officer. In addition, Traci holds an EMT certification, EMS Instructor License, and was previously a volunteer Fire Fighter and EMT in Mineral Wells, Texas. She is currently employed as the Senior Forensic Death Investigator for Parker County.
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