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Coroner's Office

Overview

The Coroner's Office investigates all sudden and/or unattended deaths throughout the county. Through an investigation, a determination is made as to the cause and the manner of death.

Responsibilities

The Coroner's Office is responsible for:
  • Identification of the deceased
  • Notification of a death to the family
  • Performing autopsies
  • Initiation of the death certificate
  • Assisting mortuaries in facilitating final arrangements
  • Testifying in civil and criminal proceedings
  • Distributing accurate and timely information to family members, health care professionals, insurance companies, and the public through the media and news releases

Deaths Reportable to the Coroner's Office

  • Deaths within 24 hours of admission to a hospital
  • Deaths in which a physician is not in attendance or has not been in actual attendance of the decedent within thirty days prior to death
  • Deaths that occur in a hospital emergency department
  • Traumatic, chemical or violent deaths (homicidal, suicidal, or accidental)
  • Deaths occurring in a hospital operating room
  • Deaths associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
  • Deaths in which the attending physician is unable to certify the cause of death
  • Deaths due to unexplained cause or under suspicious circumstances
  • Deaths suspected to be due to infectious or contagious disease wherein the diagnosis and extent of disease are undetermined at the time of death
  • Any sudden death of a person in apparent good health
  • Deaths of individuals who were in the custody of law enforcement officials or who were incarcerated in a public institution
  • All newborn infants who die within 24 hours of birth regardless of the duration of life
  • Any fetal death due to or as a consequence of criminal abortion
  • Every death that occurs outside of a hospital or nursing home

Any death in which there is a question as to whether or not it is a Coroner's case should be reported.

It should be emphasized that, although a particular death may be "reportable" to the Coroner's Office, an autopsy may not be necessary, depending upon the circumstances.

Annual Reports


Contacts

Coroner

303-441-3535
303-441-4535 (fax)
Email the Coroner

The on-call Investigator may be contacted 24 hours a day at 303-441-4444

Boulder

Justice Center
1777 6th Street
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p,m, M-F
Closed for lunch
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

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