There were six more homicides in 2012 over the year before bringing the total number of East Baton Rouge Parish homicides in 2012 to 96, the parish Coroner’s Office reported.
The data was part of the East Baton Parish Coroner’s Office annual report for 2012 released on Monday.
There were 400 more natural deaths and 25 more accidental deaths investigated in the parish in 2012 over 2011.
In 2012, there were 2,509 natural deaths and 148 accidental deaths.
There were 24 infant deaths and 45 suicides in 2012.
The number of undetermined cases was unchanged from 2011 to 2012. Each year there was one undetermined death.
Overall, the Coroner’s Office investigated 435 more deaths in 2012 over the previous year. There were 2,824 deaths in 2012.
Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark, who took office March 26 of last year, said in the report that he increased the number of full-time death investigators from three to seven within five months of his start date. Clark said the added employees decreased scene response time.
The Coroner’s Office’s final approved budget for 2012 was $1.7 million, which included money to buy three new vehicles, install a security system at the department and to buy investigative and pathological supplies.