HARRISBURG, PA (March 8, 2017) - Dauphin County Coroner Graham S. Hetrick has
released the 2016
End of Year Report. The 18-page report, which is available to the public,
includes statistics on sudden and unexplained deaths, accidental deaths,
homicides, suicides and other deaths of questionable circumstances that
occurred last year in the county.
of 947 total cases investigated by the Coroner’s Office in 2016, 238 were accidental
deaths involving a motor vehicle accident, fall, drowning, fire, choking,
co-sleeping or overdose. Eighty-five overdose deaths occurred in 2016, compared
to 71 in 2015.
coroner conducted a total of 21 homicide investigations, a slight decrease from
25 homicides in 2015.
year, the coroner investigated 286 natural deaths resulting from health
conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and renal failure. In 2015, the coroner conducted 310 natural
overdose caused more deaths last year than car accidents in Dauphin County,”
said Hetrick. “In December, a record 12 overdoses occurred. So many lives have
been taken too soon.”
coroner, who is elected to a four-year term, plays a vital role in gathering
forensic evidence for the criminal justice system in Dauphin County.
To receive a copy of this report, please visit the county’s website at www.DauphinCounty.org or e-mail Jill Payne
at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call the
Coroner’s Office at 717-564-4567.