Puzzling cliff-hanger in case of poisoned Illinois lottery winner

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CHICAGO (AP) – With his departure from office this week, the Cook County medical examiner leaves behind a beguiling mystery: Whatever happened to the case of the Chicago businessman who authorities say was fatally poisoned with cyanide after a $1 million lottery win?

Stephen Cina’s finding that Urooj Khan’s death was a homicide led to the exhumation of his body, divided his family and drew flocks of international reporters to Chicago to cover the story.

Cina’s last day in office was Sunday. He told The Associated Press he had not heard so much as a peep from police since handing the case over to them in early 2013.

Without going into detail, police spokesman Anthony Gugielmi says it’s still an active investigation. But attorneys for Khan’s wife believe it’s gone dormant.

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