Dr. Amy McMaster, chief medical examiner at Forensic Medical, said the delays are due to more complicated cases and a change in leadership after the arrest of the company's former chief, Dr. Bruce Levy, on drug and misconduct charges.
office took an average of 69 days to complete autopsies last year, which was within industry standards.
said once the medical examiner's office determined Satterwhite's death was not natural it took some time to determine what caused it.
said the letter to Dean played no part in the autopsy's release.
McMaster was named chief medical examiner in December after Levy left the company last March.
"Just in the past few weeks, I've instructed our doctors that the turnaround time is something that needs to be improved," McMaster
"It's not something I would consider a significant increase in the turnaround time, but we are always looking for ways to improve that."
Toxicology test that screen for various drugs and substances in the bloodstream can take up to three months, she
"We are not returning to the days of pre-Forensic Medical," McMaster