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Coroner Information

The Coroner’s Office is an investigative unit responsible for carrying out the statutory duties of the Coroner. Those duties include investigation into the circumstances surrounding all deaths falling within the Coroner’s jurisdiction for the purpose of determining the identity of the deceased, the medical cause of death, the manner of death, and the date and time of death.

Medicolegal death investigations are conducted countywide on all homicides, suicides, accidents, suspicious, and unexplained deaths.

Other duties include notifying the next of kin, safeguarding personal property, collection of evidence, and completion of mandatory records and documents.

The Coroner’s Office is also proactive in the community, participating in awareness programs geared toward preventing drunk driving and drug use; consumer products causing fatal injury, domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse; and providing educational services for medical, legal, and law enforcement professionals. Other contributions to the community include cooperative relationships with non-profit organ and tissue procurement agencies to enhance the quality of life and save lives.

The unit also collaborates with research organizations pursuing medical science advancements.

CONTACT

All deaths must be reported to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at (442)265-2021.

The Coroner’s Office is located within the main building of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.

The Imperial County Jail is also located in this building. We are open 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays.

Office: (442)265-2105
Fax: (442)265-2058
Email: coroners@icso.org
Address: 328 Applestill Road El Centro, CA 92243

Directions from Interstate 8 in El Centro, CA:

  • Take 4th Street (Hwy 86) south to stoplight at McCabe Road & turn west on McCabe Road
  • Continue west on McCabe Road to 4-way stop at Clark Road (8th St) & turn south on Clark Road
  • Take first right onto Applestill Road (N Loop) Sheriff’s Office will be at the end of Applestill Road (on left)

CORONER FORMS, REPORTS, & FEES

  • Release of PROPERTY and REMAINS, click here for Coroner form
  • Application for firearms release (DOJ form), click here for Records forms
  • Fees, click here for Coroner forms
  • Request for Coroner reports, click here for Coroner forms

Office: (442)265-2105 Fax: (442)265-2058

The Coroner process

This information is intended to help families that suffered a recent death of a loved one or will soon lose a terminally ill family member

For the terminally ill:
Have all necessary information readily available:

  • Hospice contact info (if applicable)
  • Info for Primary Medical Care Physician
  • DNR (“do not resuscitate” order, contact doctor for more information on DNR’s)
  • Mortuary contact info (contact if applicable)

When the time comes and you suspect your loved one has died, the death has to be confirmed by law enforcement or medical professionals. Fire Dept., Police, Ambulance, and Hospice personnel are among professionals that commonly respond to deaths and can be responsible for confirming the death.

Death of a loved one:

  • For expected deaths of hospice patients call hospice.
  • For all other deaths (unexplained, homicides, suicides, or accidental) call 9-1-1.
  • EMS or Police personnel will likely call Coroner’s Office or a mortuary of the family’s choice.
  • All deaths suspected to be accidental (falls or injury related), suicide, homicide, or unexplained deaths must be reported to the Coroner.
  • If Coroner Investigator responds, your loved one will be taken to the Imperial County Coroner Facility. This facility is a secured facility, therefore we do not disclose its address.
  • The Coroner’s Office will release your loved one after all examinations are completed and our office receives a signed Coroner release form from your mortuary.
  • The Coroner’s Office will determine if an autopsy is needed, generally autopsies are scheduled twice a week, however, the Coroner Investigator can provide you with more specific information.
  • The Coroner’s Office does not have the resources or facilities for viewing decedents, therefore any viewing will have to be scheduled by your mortuary at its facility.
  • The Coroner’s Office or primary care physician is responsible for signing the death certificate and copies can be obtained through the mortuary or by contacting one of these two departments:

              Imperial County Health Dept. 
              935 Broadway St. 940 Main St.
              El Centro, CA 92243 El Centro, CA 92243
              (442)265-1444

              Imperial County Recorder
              940 Main St.
              El Centro, CA 92243
              (442)265-1076

  • Cause of death is not always known immediately after autopsy, in some cases the Coroner’s Office must conduct toxicology testing, microscopic examinations, or other tests, to determine or confirm the cause of death and this process can take several weeks.
  • If cause of death was listed as pending, the final cause(s) of death will likely be submitted approx. 90-120 days after the autopsy date. In most cases a “pending” cause of death will not delay any funeral services. The decedent’s body will likely be ready for release immediately after autopsy. The Imperial County Coroner’s Office does not charge any removal or autopsy fees at this time.

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