What does the Coroner's Office do?

The Coroner's Office is required to investigate the facts and circumstances of all sudden, violent, traumatic or unexpected deaths that occur within the County. This includes deaths from apparent “natural diseases”, but where the individual had no recent physician of record or documented history 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 determining the individual’s identity and notifying the next of kin.  A Coroner’s investigation will always include examination of the deceased, but may or may not include:

  • Interviews with family members, doctors and/or witnesses
  • Photography of the deceased and/or the scene where death occurred
  •  Autopsy of the body of the deceased 
  • Toxicology testing of the deceased
  • Collecting and holding any personal property from (or about) the deceased person that the Coroner feels may assist with the investigation.

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1. What does the Coroner's Office do?
2. What are the types of deaths investigated by the Coroner's Office?
3. Where is the jurisdiction of the Chester County Coroner?
4. How do I report a death?
5. Are all deaths reported to the Coroner's Office?
6. How do I obtain a death certificate?
7. Can I see my loved one at the morgue?
8. What is an autopsy and why is one performed?
9. How do I obtain the results of an autopsy or toxicology findings?
10. Who is considered the next of kin?
11. When will I know the cause of death?
12. What does a "pending" case mean?
13. How and when can personal property/possessions be claimed?
14. When will the body be released?
15. What do I do now?
16. What funeral home should I choose?