The Coroner's Office is required to investigate all sudden, violent, traumatic or unexpected deaths. This includes deaths from apparent “natural diseases” but the individual’s treating physician has no knowledge of an existing medical condition that could credibly have caused the sudden death. Under these circumstances, it becomes the Coroner’s responsibility to determine how and why an individual died. The Coroner is also responsible for assuring the individual’s proper identity and that next of kin have been notified.


The Chester County Coroner’s Office has created a Survivors Guide which contains information intended to assist survivors with decision making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.

Drug Death Data

The Chester County Coroner’s Office and the University of Pittsburg are working together to provide an ongoing overview of the drug death data in Chester County.

The following link will allow you to view the Chester County drug death data which includes charts, graphs and maps on the demographics, the top ten drugs found in overdoses along with other information.  Once you click on the above link, scroll to the bottom and select “Chester County” from the counties section of the drop down list.

Coroner's Office Statistics for 2017 *

Manner of Death January February March
Natural 106 80 96
Accidental 17 13 15
Homicide   0  0  0
Suicide  11  1  4
Pending   0  2 11
Undetermined   0  0  1
Non-human Remains   0
Total Cases 134 96 127
  January February March
Cremation Requests 263 202 256
Autopsy Performed   16 11 16
Toxicology Draws Only     9 6 13
Organ Donors    11 0 5

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident Total Deaths to date for 2017
Drug Overdose 25
Fall 11
Motor Vehicle Accident  7
Asphyxia  0
Choking  0
Drowning  1
Falling Objects  0
Total Cases 45
Type of Suicide Total deaths to date for 2017*
Drug Overdose  3
Firearms  7
Hanging  3
Asphyxiation  1
Exanguination  2
Total Cases 16


Type of Homicide Total deaths to date for 2017*
Blunt force injury 0
Firearm 0
Stabbing 0
Total 0
*Statistics as of March 31, 2017
*Statistics as of March 31, 2017


2016 Statistics
2015 Annual Report 
2014 Annual Report