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• Death resulting from violence.
• Unexpected or unexplained death.
• Death of a person in a custodial agency as defined in section §13-4401.
• Unexpected or unexplained death of an infant or child.
• Death occurring in a suspicious, unusual or nonnatural manner, including death from an accident believed to be related to the deceased person's occupation or employment.
• Death occurring as a result of anesthetic or surgical procedures.
• Death suspected to be caused by a previously unreported or undiagnosed disease that constitutes a threat to public safety.
• Death involving unidentifiable bodies.It is up to the medical examiner to determine if a case meets jurisdictional requirements to further investigate and certify the cause and manner of death on the Death Certificate.
You can check cause and manner of death online.
The length of time required for the completion of reports will vary depending on the agency caseload as well as the complexity, circumstances, and need for additional testing or investigation required for each individual case. In many cases, cause and manner of death are determined the day of the examination. However, further testing or investigation may be required to accurately determine cause and manner of death. In these situations, the death certificate may have a cause of death listed as “Pending”. To provide the most accurate cause and manner of death possible requires a thorough death investigation and this can be a time-intensive process.
While we cannot provide an exact closure time for any individual case, 90% of reports are completed within 3 months. If, after 3 months, you have not received your requested report, please contact the office at 602-506-3322 to check the status.
Reports are available to the public following completion of the case. If you wish to receive a copy of the report(s), please complete the online