Aiken County coroner sues county over transportation costs

Aiken County coroner sues county over transportation costs

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton has sued the county council and county administrator because of a dispute over which company will remove dead bodies from crime scenes.

Local media outlets reported that Carlton wants to continue using Rucker's Removal Service in Langley.

County council voted in November 2013 to use Palmetto Mortuary Transport in Lexington County because it was cheaper. Palmetto offered the service at $160 per body. Rucker was charging $175 per body.

Carlton says Rucker has more experience in dealing with death scenes in Aiken County.

County Administrator Clay Killian would not talk about the lawsuit. The county has 30 days to respond.

Rucker Removal Service notified the county earlier this month it would stop providing service because it has not been paid since last April.

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