Update: Questions in Menlo Park man's death Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm
Lawrence Cronin, 67, was stabbed during a robbery attempt in March. His family said that his death two months later has been ruled a homicide by the San Mateo County coroner. However, Menlo Park police issued a press release on Monday saying the coroner's report concluded the manner of death is "undetermined."
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 2, 2012, 3:38 PM
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jul 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Maybe the Coroner respects family privacy. More likely they are prohibited by law from discussing an ongoing investigation which may lead to criminal proceedings. Should potential jurors read the report in the Almanac or have it first presented to them in the courtroom as evidence in a murder case? The coroner's office knows their job, and at times it can be gruesome beyond imagination.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jul 3, 2012 at 11:46 am
I've had the unfortunate experience of having to talk to the coroner's office re a death. There are privacy laws and guiding principles that they follow in releasing info to the public at various stages of an inquiry.
To the first commenter - "Who do they think they work for?" Really??? Do you think that they work for you? Are you in San Mateo County? They might work for the county, but that doesn't mean taxpayers are their bosses. A comment like that comes across as arrogant and ignorant, even if you didn't intend it that way.
I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Cronin. These should've been a time that his contributions to his community and family resulted in reaping what he'd sown. This is a family's worst nightmare come true.