Chief Medical Examiner

Morgue employee allegedly showed Sandy Hook gunman's body to husband

Adam Lanza yearbook photo


Newtown, Connecticut mass shooter Adam Lanza is third from right in this 2008 yearbook photo. (ABC NEWS)

Posted: 01/04/2013
Last Updated: 48 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. - An employee at Connecticut's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been placed on administrative leave over an allegation she let her husband view the body of the man who killed 26 people at a school.

A state employee with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday that Jean Henry is accused of showing Adam Lanza's body to her husband on Dec. 16, two days after the shooting. The employee spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is under way.

Sources told The Hartford Courant that Henry, a processing technician at the Farmington facility, and her husband entered the refrigerated room in which bodies are kept pending autopsies on the morning of the day when the post-mortem would later be performed on Lanza.

They went to the gurney where Lanza lay, then Henry unzipped the bag so her husband could look at him for a moment, and she closed the bag and they left the room, sources familiar with situation told The Courant.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he would be "deeply disappointed" if the allegation is true.

A University of Connecticut Health Center spokesman confirmed Henry was put on administrative leave Dec. 21. The center handles personnel matters for the medical examiner's lab.

Chris DeFrancesco, a University of Connecticut Health Center spokesman, confirmed Henry was put on administrative leave Dec. 21. A message left with Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, the chief medical examiner, was not immediately returned. Typically, a person on administrative leave in state government is paid.