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Rae H. Wooten was born, raised and educated in Columbia, South Carolina before moving to the Charleston area in 1973. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and subsequently worked as a registered nurse in various settings before joining the Charleston County Coroner's Office in April, 1995. She became Chief Deputy in July, 1996 and continued in that position until October 15, 2006 when she was appointed by the Governor to serve as Coroner after the previous coroner's resignation on August 31, 2006. Rae Wooten was elected Coroner in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012.
As a forensic nurse death investigator working in the Charleston County Coroner's Office she has investigated many deaths, of all types, to include numerous infant and child deaths. These investigations include scene investigation, interviewing of relevant individuals, review of medical, social and legal records, ordering of and attendance at autopsies, etc.
She plans, teaches and speaks regularly on topics associated with death investigation to audiences including medical/nursing personnel, law enforcement officers, social workers, attorneys and other death investigators. She is committed to improving education and training and to the development of prevention programs based on research.
She holds a current nursing license in South Carolina, is a Fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and is a member of a number of professional organizations to include but not limited to: the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, The International Association of Coroner's & Medical Examiners and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
In 2012, Coroner Wooten was recognized at South Carolina Coroner of the Year by the South Carolina Coroner's Association.
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