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 March 08, 2017 - Dauphin County Coroner Releases 2016 End of Year Report

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.

Out 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. 

The coroner conducted a total of 21 homicide investigations, a slight decrease from 25 homicides in 2015.

Last 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 death investigations.

“Drug 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.”

The 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 or e-mail Jill Payne at  For more information, please call the Coroner’s Office at 717-564-4567.​

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