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Medical examiners report raises Lee County's Hurricane Ian death toll to 42, statewide rises to 58

Deaths by county were reported as: Collier – 3; Hendry – 1; Hillsborough – 1; Lake – 1; Lee – 42; Manatee – 2; Sarasota – 3; Volusia – 5.

Lee County's Hurricane Ian-related deaths was placed at 42 and statewide deaths at 58 after an updated report Sunday from The Florida District Medical Examiners to the Medical Examiners Commission.

The report was made after the deaths were confirmed by autopsy as storm-related.

The deaths attributed to Hurricane Ian confirmed by the MEC from the counties:

Collier – 3; Hendry – 1; Hillsborough – 1; Lake – 1; Lee – 42; Manatee – 2; Sarasota – 3; Volusia – 5

Additionally, information made available from Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell placed that county's deaths at 23, either directly or indirectly from the hurricane. He said the state medical examiners office is in the process of determining the official cause of death.

Charlotte County's deaths had not been listed by the MEC

Adding those deaths to the MEC total would place the statewide toll at 81.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement staffs the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.

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