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2:21 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

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Oklahoma City, OK – Chief medical examiner placed on paid leave

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Board of Medicolegal Investigations has placed Oklahoma's chief medical examiner on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation.

The board placed Dr. Collie Trant on paid leave during a three-hour special meeting on Monday.

According to a statement by the board, the decision stems from concerns raised during an executive session of the meeting. Officials didn't specify what the concerns are or what the probe is about.

The statement says Trant will be available for any necessary meetings, and that his single point of contact for medical matters will be Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Eric Duval. Trant had to relinquish all keys and pass cards.

Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said she couldn't comment beyond the board's statement.