Teen Becomes Indiana's Youngest Death Investigator

Portland, Ind. (AP) -- Amanda Barnett isn't wasting any time following in her father's footsteps.

At 18, she's become the youngest certified medicolegal death investigator in Indiana.

She's serving as a deputy under her father, Jay County Coroner Mark Barnett.

She says some of her friends think it's weird, but she finds her job interesting.

Barnett is finishing her senior year at Jay County High School. She began serving as one of four Jay County deputy coroners in march and became certified on April 12th.

To pursue her certification, she had to get permission to attend a class given by the Indiana State Coroners Training Board because she was only 17 when the class started.

Barnett plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the fall and pursue studies to become a forensic nurse examiner.

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