Sheriff assumes duties of coroner’s office after crash

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SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — County members had to take action right away after losing their coroner, who had served in the position since 2011.

It is the law in Illinois that when a county official is not able to fill their position, the sheriff will take over. The swearing-in of Sheriff Jack Campbell happened Wednesday morning; not even a day after the plane crash that claimed Cinda Edwards’ life.

Wreckage of a plane crash that happened Jan. 28 outside of Springfield.

It went down as Cinda, her husband Frank Edwards–a former mayor and fire chief– and their friend John Evans were traveling from Huntsville, AL. The airport tower said they were told by the plane they were having trouble on their approach because of the weather.

The coroner’s office will continue day-to-day under Chief Deputy Jim Allmon. Campbell said they will try to operate things as normally as they can given the circumstances. “My name will go to the bottom of death certificates that are now issued in Sangamon County, things like that,” said Campbell. “Jim and I have known each other for a long time too and there will be no changes in the office other than technically I am the coroner until they get this resolved.” The sheriff’s office and Springfield Police are continuing to help the federal agencies investigating.

The wreckage will be kept as is until as least Thursday.

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