Caddo Parish Coroner's Office

Investigative Staff

The Caddo Parish Coroner’s investigative staff includes one Chief Investigator and several Coroner Investigators/Death Investigators. The investigators’ primary duties are performing death investigations and mental health investigations (in the form of protective custody orders).

Death investigations include scene investigations, body exams, photo documentation, medical records review, witness interviews, written report and completion of the death certificate. The initial death investigation process helps determine the probable cause and manner of death and/or whether an autopsy will be ordered or not.

Mental health investigations, in the form of protective custody orders, are performed by interviewing witnesses by a strict set of criteria to determine if an individual may need psychiatric evaluation.

How do I become a Death investigator/Coroner investigator? See our FAQ page and you can also read about our certification here: https://abmdi.org

(You may complete an application at our main office at any time. It will be kept on file for approximately one year. If any job opportunities arise during that time frame, your application will be reviewed).

Investigators

 

Erin Deutsch, D-ABMDI edeutsch@caddocoroner.com )

 Erin Deutsch has been employed with Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office since 2010. In 2019, she began assisting in the role of Chief Investigator and currently holds that title. She is a graduate from Bossier Parish Community College where she received her degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation. She is a nationally certified Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) after completing the necessary training and testing. Early on in her career, Erin worked with the Sexual Assault Response Team, a team developed to improve the process of care and justice for sexual assault victims. Erin also spent a two year term as Secretary/Treasurer for the Louisiana State Coroner’s Association. She has specialized training in Aquatic Death Investigations, Fire Death Investigations, and Skeletal Remains Recovery.

Milton Carroll, D-ABMDI ( mcarroll@caddocoroner.com 

DSC_0246 Milton Carroll has been a Death Investigator with the Caddo Parish Coroners Office since 2006. He attended Northwestern State University and Grambling State University. He has served in various fields of occupations including being an EMT/Firefighter. He also served in the Marine Corps in the Gulf War & Samalia. Milton attended the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course in St. Louis, MO and in 2009, he became a registered Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Katrina Wright, D-ABMDI ( kwright@caddocoroner.com )

Katrina Wright is a graduate from Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana State University, earning her A.S. in 1994 and B.A. degree in 1998, both in General Studies. Katrina has also earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Katrina relocated to New Jersey, where she was employed with Willingboro Public School District as an assistant for the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Curriculum. While in New Jersey, she completed an A.S. in Mortuary Science for a career in funeral services employed with Serenity Funeral Home and Tunsil Funeral Home, Inc. In 2006, Katrina returned to Shreveport and began her career as a death investigator for Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office. She became a registered Medicolegal Death Investigator in 2008 with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Katrina is also a member of International Association of Forensic Nurses for whom she has presented lectures regarding death investigations.  Katrina works closely with the Department of Health & Hospitals, Office of Public Health in order to decrease the number of preventable child and infant deaths in Caddo Parish.  Most recently, Katrina has begun working closely with Overton Brooks VA Medical Center and Veterans Affairs to ensure a respectable and proper interment for displaced veterans.

Mary Whitehorn (mwhitehorn@caddocoroner.com)

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Mary Whitehorn began her career with Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office in 2017.  In 2018, she attended the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course in St. Louis, MO. Mary Whitehorn attended college at Bossier Parish Community College, focusing on Criminal Justice. Mary was previously employed with Lions Eye Bank, performing cornea recoveries. Mary Whitehorn provides compassionate and diligent service as a death investigator for Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office.

Russen Toledo (rtoledo@caddocoroner.com)

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Russen Toledo is a graduate from LSUS with a B.S. of Criminal Justice in Security Studies, as well as a B.S. of Criminal Justice in Generalist Concentration. Russen Toledo also attended the University of Arizona Global Campus for a Masters of Criminal Justice in Forensic Science. Russen served in the Air Force from 2013-2017 as Security Forces Law Enforcement and Public Safety. His skills and duties included responding to emergencies, security operations, nuclear security, nuclear combat skills training, response force leader, close in sentry, firearms safety, less than lethal training, counter terrorism, community service, installation entry controller, and patrolman.  Toledo also provided security for former Vice President Biden at Minot AFB.  Russen Toledo was previously employed with Coushatta Police Department where he completed POST training. In 2020, Russen Toledo joined the investigative staff at Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office where he continues to provide dedicated service.

Joel Broussard (jbroussard@caddocoroner.com)

Joel Broussard

Joel Broussard graduated from Louisiana State University of Shreveport in 2021 where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Security Studies. Originally from the small town of Glenmora, Louisiana, Joel moved to South Bossier at a young age and has called it home ever since. Joel also currently serves part time in the Louisiana Army National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst where he responds to natural disasters that affect Louisiana.

 

 

 

 

 In Memoriam:

Joseph Johnson, D-ABMDI 

The late Joseph W. Johnson held the position of Chief Deputy Investigator for many years at Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office. Joseph Johnson began  employment with Caddo Coroner’s Office in August of 1990, after retirement from Shreveport Police Department. He received certificates of completion from St. Louis School of Medicine in both basic and Masters in Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Courses, Basic Critical Incident Stress Management Training, Emergency Management Institute ICS-300, & ICS-400 Training, Child Homicide & Abuse Investigation from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX and countless other trainings and certificates. He also actively participated with Homeland Security in the area of Critical Incident Management. Joseph “Joe” Johnson’s years of experience rendered him a source of vast, irreplaceable knowledge. He was an asset to the department, a strong leader, and a beloved friend. He will be dearly missed.

 

Gregory Clement, D-ABMDI

The late Gregory (Greg) Clement served for Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office for 22 years prior to retirement. He also had over 25 years of experience in law enforcement. His experience included having served as a police officer, criminal investigator, and narcotics investigator with the Garland, Texas police department. He joined Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office in 1999 and served as an Investigator/Deputy Coroner. Greg completed the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course in Saint Louis, Missouri and ultimately became a registered/certified Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Additional educational training included a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Public Administration, specialization Public Management, both of which were awarded by Grambling State University. He was recognized for his dedication to law enforcement by the Garland Police Department, the City of Grambling Police Department, Grambling State University, and the High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice in Houston Texas.

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