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.

History of the Coroner's Office by Christina VandePol, M.D.



Chester County Coroner Christina VandePol, M.D. recently wrote an article titled  "The Coroner's Office Then and Now - 334 Years of History" which was published in the Chester County Medical Society's magazine "Chester County Medicine".

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


The Survivors Guide is provided by the Coroner's office to assist survivors with decision-making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.
Survivors Guide in Spanish (Guia Para La Familia)

2019 Statistics

Manner of Death
Jan
Feb
March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Total
Natural
63
74
81
55 60 73 73 57 77 54 65 77
809
Accidental
13
23
19
20 27 17 16 17 11 24 17 19
223
Homicide
0
0
0
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2
Suicide
7
3
6
2 4 5 8 2 5 8 1 6
57
Pending
0
0
0
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
6
Undetermined
1
0
1
0 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
9
Non-human Remains
0
1
0
2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
5
Human Remains
0
0
0
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1
Total Cases
84
101
107
80 94 96 97 78 95 90 83 107
1112

Case Type

Type of Case
Jan
Feb
March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Total
Jurisdictional
44
53
62
45 51 44 44 39 43 52 33 51
561
Non-Jurisdictional
40
48
45
35 43 52 53 39 52 38 50 56
551
Totals
84
101
107
80 94 96 97 78 95 90 83 107
1112

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total*
Drug Overdose
102
Fall
76
Motor Vehicle Accident
33
Asphyxia
2
Choking
2
Weather Related
2
Alcohol Poisoning
1
Poisoning
1
Blunt Trauma
1
Falling Object
1
Drowning
1
Medical Device
1
Total Cases
223

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total*
Firearms
21
Hanging
18
Drug Overdose
8
Blunt Impact Injuries
4
Asphyxiation
3
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
2
Chemical Poisoning
2
Total Cases
57

Homicides

Type of Homicide
Total *
Firearms
2
Total Cases
2

Undetermined

Type
Total*
Undetermined
4
Overdose
3
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
1
Poisoning
1
Total
9
Other Statistics Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Total
Cremation Requests 236 222 230 241 225 194 229 198 193 221 180 289
2658
Autopsy Performed 23 30 34 28 30 27 24 17 20 29 12 15
286
Toxicology Draws Only 0 2 3 2 3 2 5 2 1 5 3 8
   36
Organ Donors 4 6 2 2 4 4 2 3
2
2 3 2
36
* Statistics as of December 31, 2019

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