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.

Forms

  • Coroner Report Request Form for Next of Kin
  • Cremation Authorization Form - NOTICE: please be advised that this form may not function properly in Google Chrome. Please use Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox to access this form.
  • Death Certificate - Copies are provided by the PA Department of Health, Vital Statistics
  • Reports for Attorney's and Insurance Companies - $500 for a copy of an autopsy report and $100 for a copy of a toxicology report, plus an administrative fee of $35. Copies of photographs are $25 each. Contact the Coroner's Office at 610-344-6165 to verify reports and/or photographs are available.

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 June July
Total
Natural
63
74
81 55 60 70 65
468
Accidental
13
23
19 20 27 16 7
125
Homicide
0
0
0 0 0 0 0
0
Suicide
7
3
6 2 4 5 4
31
Pending
0
0
0 0 0 4 21
25
Undetermined
1
0
1 0 3 0 0
5
Non-human Remains
0
1
0 3 0 1 0
5
Total Cases
84
101
107 80 94 96 97
659

Case Type

Type of Case
January
February
March April May June July
Total
Jurisdictional
44
53
62 45 51 44 44
343
Non-Jurisdictional
40
48
45 35 43 52 53
316
Totals
84
101
107 80 94 96 97
659

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total*
Drug Overdose
61
Fall
38
Motor Vehicle Accident
21
Weather Related
1
Alcohol Poisoning
1
Poisoning
1
Blunt Trauma
1
Falling Object
1
Total Cases
125

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total*
Firearms
10
Hanging
11
Asphyxiation
3
Drug Overdose
3
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
2
Blunt Impact Injuries
2
Total Cases
31

Homicides

Type of Homicide
Total *
Firearms
0
Total Cases
0

Undetermined

Type
Total*
Undetermined
3
Overdose
1
Poisoning
1
Total
5
Other Statistics January February March April May June July
Total
Cremation Requests 236 222 230 241 225 194 229
1577
Autopsy Performed 23 30 34 28 30 27 24
193
Toxicology Draws Only 0 2 3 2 3 2 5
   17
Organ Donors 4 6 2 2 4 4 2
24
* Statistics as of July 31, 2019

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