Doctor's Death Ruled 'Accidental' After Body Discovered Dismembered, Burned

The Spokane County Medical Examiner called Rex Porter's death an accident despite its dismembered and burned state.

Spokane, WA – The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that an anesthesiologist who was found dismembered and burned to death in his backyard died by accident.

Deputies responded to Rex Porter’s Dishman Hills home in the 2800-block of South Park Lane near the Iller Creek Conservation Area on April 9 to conduct a welfare check, KXLY reported.

Neighbors called police and said a car had been sitting in the driveway of Porter’s home with a door open for a couple of days.

Deputies found broken glass when they arrived and searched the house, KXLY reported.

They found Porter’s 29-year-old mentally-disabled son Derek in the basement with a cut on his foot and blood on his pants and initially believed that he was a squatter, the Spokesman-Review reported.

Once they figured out who he was, the man was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies were ready to leave the residence when a neighbor confronted them and said the father had to be there because he was his son’s caretaker, according to the Spokesman-Review.

So they searched the 11-acre property for 61-year-old Rex Porter and found his remains in the backyard.

Police said some of his limbs had been removed but did not reveal how it had been done, the Spokesman-Review reported.

Court documents showed deputies found a burned head and torso in the fire pit, and partially-burned legs north and south of that area, KREM reported.

Investigators seized footage from surveillance cameras around the house but police have not said what was seen on those videos.

Police have not named Derek Porter as a suspect, the Spokesman-Review reported.

Despite what appeared to be a bizarre and violent crime scene, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office completed and closed the investigation into Rex Porter’s death remarkably fast.

“We found no evidence of any criminal acts leading up to his death,” Spokane County Sheriff’s Corporal Mark Gregory told the Spokesman-Review.

The medical examiner determined that the doctor died from cardiac dysrhythmia due to ingesting a toxic mix of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Rex Porter had alcohol, sertraline, trazadone, and ziprasidone in his system when he died, the Spokesman-Review reported.

Those medications are usually prescribed to treat a slew of mental disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

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jimT
jimT

May have known the clintons

Pacho
Pacho

A big cover up, in favor of who..?

Soulmanrich
Soulmanrich

What a broke dick department lmfai

eddiep
eddiep

Article says his death was determined to be accidental, so whoever dismembered and burned his body did so after the doctor was deceased, which still makes the perpetrator a sick sob!

TASPOL Ret.
TASPOL Ret.

Maybe he drugged himself up, set himself on fire and threw himself into one of those wood chipper type machines. I've found people commit suicide in inordinately surprising ways.

Scorp1120
Scorp1120

Something not right with this story!!!

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Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

What BS that is!!!

RB2207
RB2207

They are saying the actual death was accidental. The dismemberment and burning of the body was criminal.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Did anyone consider that HIS SON force fed him the "cocktail?" Come one..this is almost laughable because it is so absurd.

Christine7
Christine7

Dismemberment? And accidental generally do not go together! The police don't want people frightened in the neighborhood...or..I CALL "FAKE STORY" LOL

Ziggy848
Ziggy848

I wonder what dirt he had on the Clinton's?????

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

He must have had something on the Clintons.

snafu
snafu

In the coverage here and elsewhere that I have read, you have to dig deep to find that the son had autism. That is why he needed his father as a caretaker. The son's autism was severe enough that he was mute. I suspect that the dad did die of the drugs and alcohol and the son did the rest, for whatever twisted reasons he may have had. While a crime was committed in dismembering the body, I suspect the prosecutor decided to not pursue charges because of the son's condition. It would have been a waste of taxpayer money, which is usually never a concern here in Spokane.

Curtis Bratcher
Curtis Bratcher

He must have had dirt on the Clintons.

RPG156
RPG156

As a former detective...Accidental deaths are easier to work...

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Speaking of the Clintons... What is your third option when St. Peter doesn't want you and the devil is afraid that you'll take over and impose socialism?

junkmansj
junkmansj

Did he have info on killary?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Hold on.... this headline (and many of the comments) are inaccurate. I can believe that the death was accidental. He took a combination of meds and alcohol and didn't wake up. that's the cause of death, as per the medical examiner. The dismembering and burning likely happened post-mortem; so yes, while it is click worthy, it's not really related to why he died.

If anything, the death was likely accidental, and then a crime was committed by someone else in the desecration of a corpse; but that crime didn't cause his death, so it shouldn't be treated as such.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Is the pathologist a high school dropout??? Come on! It couldn't be any clearer that this guy was murdered in a particularly gruesome manner! Is everyone on either coast insane??

Astow
Astow

Wonder if he’s the same M.E. who claimed Hillary Clinton’s victims, one shot twice in the back of the head, committed suicide?

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

And his body just magically dismembered itself and jumped into a fire pit as his his legs ran away as fast as possible ! Covering up for somebody here ??

Skycop80
Skycop80

Sounds like the coroner and the police are on the payroll of someone. Guess they probably figure it works for people testifying against the Clintons why not there.

LynnSB
LynnSB

REALLY ??? Who's getting paid off ??

Babygurl5456
Babygurl5456

That has murder written all over that! The dismembered limbs and broken glass says it all. Whoever said that the death is accidental is a moron and needs to be fired. Anyone with half a brain knows thats a murder scene

LEO721
LEO721

He was dead from the narcotics before someone dismembered him. That's why it was ruled accidental.