What are the types of deaths investigated by the Coroner's Office?
  • Deaths resulting from violence or trauma
  • Suicide deaths
  • Sudden deaths where cause is not recognizable or cannot be certified by a physician based upon recent medical assistance
  • Deaths occurring under suspicious circumstances (drugs, alcohol, or other toxins)
  • Stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths 
  • Deaths of unidentified or unclaimed persons 
  • Deaths in police custody
  • Deaths related to reportable communicable diseases 
  • Multiple fatality deaths
  • Fire deaths
  • Any questionable deaths

Also, refer to the Pennsylvania Coroner Statues which will also provide a full list of deaths investigated as well as other responsibilities and definitions in reference to the Coroner's Office.

Pennsylvania Coroner's Statues

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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?