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Lake County coroner, wife arrested on charges of tampering with a dead body

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The Lake County coroner and his wife have been arrested on charges of tampering a deceased body, officials announced on Friday.

Coroner Shannon Lee Kent and Staci Kent were arrested shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday in Leadville, according to the Silverthorne Police Department.

Investigators had found a dead body in a coffin at the Bailey-Kent Funeral Homes in Silverthorne and suspected that the body had been there for “a number of months.”

The Park County coroner’s office on Friday identified the victim as Victor Akubuo, 42, of California. Akubuo had died in a semi-truck crash in Park County in July, and his body was taken to the Kents’ funeral home in August.

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