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Identities Revealed in Medical Examiner’s Office Murder-Suicide


Two people died in an apparent murder-suicide at the Dallas County medical examiner's office | Image by WFAA

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The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday identified the two people who died in an apparent murder-suicide at the Dallas County medical examiner’s office on Tuesday.

At around 4:45 p.m. during election day, shots were heard from inside the medical examiner’s office. When law enforcement officials responded, it was discovered that the two were dead, as reported by The Dallas Express.

James Frost, 51, and his wife Beth Frost, 46, a Dallas County employee who worked in the building, were found dead in a second-floor office of the facility on Stemmons Corridor following reports of gunfire.

The couple was reportedly estranged. Court records indicated that Beth Frost had filed for divorce in May. The pair had been married since July 2001 and had two children together, a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy.

James Frost was a former University of Missouri basketball player from 1990 to 1994 and worked for a time as a high school teacher and basketball coach in the Kansas City area. He later became an insurance and financial representative and reportedly started a customer luxury leather bag business.

Beth Frost had worked at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office since 2020. She previously worked for three years at the Maricopa County medical examiner’s office in Phoenix, Arizona.

It appears that the couple may have been experiencing financial issues. A lawsuit filed by James Frost Sr. alleged that the couple owed him $228,916 from a series of loans, but court records show that Beth Frost denied that allegation.

Court documents also show that the younger James Frost paid Bank of America $12,000 earlier this year but denied owing any money to State Farm Federal Credit Union, which had sued him for $50,000.

While the investigation is ongoing, the medical examiner’s office staff has moved all operations to the county health department next door.

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