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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

KNOX COUNTY CORONER ARRESTED - Republican Chairman Seeks Her Resignation

KNOX COUNTY – MARCH 24, 2023, Wednesday night, March 22, Indiana State Police arrested Knox County Coroner Karen Donovan, 40, of Vincennes, for Official Misconduct, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance.


Knox County Coroner Karen Donavon

Indiana State Police Detectives initiated an investigation in April of 2022 after receiving information of misconduct. Last night a search warrant was executed at Donavon’s residence in Vincennes and detectives located methamphetamine and fentanyl. Donovan was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail where she later posted bond and was released.


Arrested and Charges:

  • Karen Donovan, 40, Vincennes, IN

  1. Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony

  2. Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl), Level 6 Felony

  3. Official Misconduct, Level 6 Felony

The Knox County Sheriff's Department and Vincennes Police Department assisted.


Knox County Republican Chairman David Shelton sent a certified letter to Donovan requesting her resignation by March 17, 2023.

Shelton says she has abandoned her responsivities as Knox County Coroner. Both the Knox County Commissioners and Council will seek judicial removal of Donovan from her coroner position at their April meeting.


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