The Office of Medical Examiner is responsible for the investigation and certification of the cause and manner of deaths as required in various State Statutes. This office also reviews records and death certifications by others when authorizing cremations.
Autopsies, toxicology, x-rays, and other procedures are ordered as part of our investigative process at the discretion of the examiner. Autopsies ordered by the Medical Examiner are conducted by Board Certified Forensic Pathologists.
The office is currently staffed by the Medical Examiner and the Chief Deputy. Both have an extensive medical background, as well as advanced training in both death investigations and autopsy procedures and documentation. Notification of the on-call investigator is made through the Calumet County Dispatch Center.
Consultations are available for complicated cases by way of our forensic and medical colleagues, as well as other experts throughout the United States. Our office works closely with law enforcement as circumstances dictate.