Autopsy Report Sealed

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News

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It has been one week since police found the headless body of Lucille Gallegos in a vacant west Wichita apartment.

But it may be some time before we learn how she died. The coroner's office sealed the autopsy reports, because they may contain something only the killer knows.

The family of 43-year-old Lucille Gallegos removed the last of the remaining items from her apartment.

Seven days ago, they received word she had been killed. No arrests have been made yet, and now details about how Gallegos died have been sealed.

Defense attorney Chris Garcia is not affiliated with the case, but he talked to KAKE News about why officials may have sealed the records.

Garcia says, "In a situation where there is no suspect or no one in custody, it's not necessarily strange that they would seal the autopsy."

According to a statement released by the district attorney's office, it is the opinion of the coroner that information is present in the coroner's report that might jeopardize a criminal investigation.

It took a lawsuit and an order from the Kansas Supreme Court to release the details of how four young people died in Wichita's second quadruple murders. But the two men charged in that case were already in custody.

There have been no arrests in Gallegos' death, and police could withhold information on purpose.

Garcia says, "If all the the facts are made public you don't have the surprise element to hold back."

Again Garcia is not affiliated with this case. Police did not want to comment on the Gallegos case, because it is an ongoing investigation.

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