Coroner

Mission Statement


The Chester County Coroner's Office is an independent agency serving the citizens and honoring the deceased of the county by investigating the facts and circumstances concerning jurisdictional deaths which have occurred within Chester County. We determine the cause and manner of death, the identity of the decedent, and provide notification to the legal next of kin, while exhibiting the highest degree of compassion, professionalism, and integrity.

OverdoseFreePA


The Chester County Coroner’s Office is participating in a partnership of Pennsylvania communities unified in the fight against the opioid overdose crisis. OverdoseFreePA provides resources, information and a thorough breakdown of overdose data from participating counties. View Overdose Deaths data for Chester County and Pennsylvania.

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Survivor's Guide


Survivors Guide - provided by the Coroner's office to assist survivors with decision making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.


Forgotten Souls Laid to Rest


On Thursday, November 8, 2018 under blue skies and an autumn breeze, the Chester County Coroner's Office interred, at Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer, the cremains of 52 individuals who did not have any next-of-kin or whose next-of-kin would not or could not take responsibility for them.

The Rev. Robert Garrett led the assembled group in a non-denominational ceremony. Coroner Christina VandePol, M.D. spoke at the ceremony saying she wanted to honor the lives of the individuals who have been left in the care of the Coroner's office. Music was provided by Carter, Hill & Hobson, a blue-grass combo and by West Chester University music professor Mark Rimpel. Flowers were provided by Philadelphia Memorial Park and by Peter Urscheler, Mayor of Phoenixville.

The names of the 52 individuals were read in turn by Coroner Christina VandePol, Deputy Coroner Maryanne Higbee, Office Manager Patty Emmons and Phoenixville Mayor Peter Urscheler. The ceremony was attended by several Chester County elected officials, staff from the Coroner's office and staff from Chester County Henrietta Hankin Library.

Chester County's Unclaimed

Interment Ceremony

2019 Statistics

Manner of Death
January
February
March April May
Total
Natural
63
73
81 54 57
328
Accidental
13
24
19 21 23
100
Homicide
0
0
0 0 0
0
Suicide
7
3
6 2 3
21
Pending
0
0
0 0 9
9
Undetermined
1
0
1 0 2
4
Non-human Remains
0
1
0 3 0
4
Total Cases
84
101
107 80 94
466

Case Type

Type of Case
January
February
March April May
Total
Jurisdictional
44
53
62 45 51
255
Non-Jurisdictional
40
48
45 35 43
211
Totals
84
101
107 80 94
466

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total*
Drug Overdose
52
Fall
32
Motor Vehicle Accident
14
Weather Related
1
Alcohol Poisoning
1
Total Cases
100

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total*
Firearms
8
Hanging
5
Asphyxiation
3
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
2
Drug Overdose
2
Blunt Impact Injuries
1
Total Cases
21

Homicides

Type of Homicide
Total *
Firearms
0
Total Cases
0

Undetermined

Type
Total*
Undetermined
3
Overdose
1
Total
4
Other Statistics January February March April May
Total
Cremation Requests 236 222 230 241 225
1154
Autopsy Performed 23 30 34 26 29
142
Toxicology Draws Only 0 2 3 2 3
   10
Organ Donors 4 6 2 2  
14
* Statistics as of May 31, 2019

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