The Coroner is elected to a four-year term to investigate sudden, unexplained deaths, accidental deaths, homicides, suicides and other deaths of questionable circumstances.
The Coroner plays a crucial role in gathering forensic evidence for the criminal justice system in Dauphin County.
The main function of the Coroner's office is to determine the cause and manner of death in cases where the death is determined to fall under Coroner jurisdiction. The coroner's office investigators and staff treat each death with respect, dignity and kindness.
An investigator is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to evaluate cases and provide information.
While the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional time, the Coroner's office strives to assist family members with any concerns or questions and to aid in the grieving process in a professional and courteous manner.
Description and Purpose of the Coroner's Office
The Coroner is an elected position, voted into office by the citizens of Dauphin County.
It is the duty of the Dauphin County Coroner's Office to conduct a comprehensive investigation of all unattended deaths in the county.
The Coroner staff recognize the tragedy surrounding an untimely death. Throughout an investigation, efforts are made to supply assistance to the grieving family.
The investigator's responsibilities include responding to scenes and performing death investigations. This includes taking jurisdiction of the decedent's person, collecting of physical evidence, interviewing witnesses and family members, establishing the legal next of kin, making death notifications, securing personal property, confirming positive identification, and report writing.