Pathology vendor arrested on OWI charge toted human organs

Mugshot of Elmo Griggs. (Provided Photo/MCSO)

BROOKLYN, Ind. (WISH) – A pathology vendor was arrested in Morgan County on Tuesday night for operating while intoxicated.

According to the Marion County Coroner’s Office, Elmo Griggs is a pathology vendor who provides autopsy services as needed.

The 75-year-old was arrested in the Morgan County town of Brooklyn after another motorist reported a truck driving erratically along State Road 67 about 10 miles southwest of Indianapolis, The Associated Press reported.

The office also said that at the time of his arrest body tissue was found in the vehicle. However, the body tissue did not belong to the coroner’s office and he was not providing services for the office when he was arrested.

Morgan County Coroner Annette Rohlman told AP that Griggs had several totes inside the truck and in its bed that contained brain and liver samples and internal organs for his private autopsy practice. She said it’s not surprising that a pathologist would be transporting such samples.

Griggs was released from jail after posting bail, AP said. Online court records don’t list an attorney for him.

MCCO says Griggs has been suspended while the case is under investigation.