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The Mission of the Franklin County Coronerís Office

The difficult and complicated work of death investigation is done with the intention of providing thoughtful and caring attention to the circumstances, time and causes of death to those who die within the jurisdiction of the Franklin County Coroner's Office.

Representatives of the Coroner's Office offer compassionate support to individuals and family members at the scene and/or upon notification of a death, and provide complete and comprehensive investigative documentation to ascertain an accurate determination of cause and manner of death.

At all hours of the day or night, under rigorous weather conditions, and in the face of emotions, the Franklin County Coroner's Office brings empathy and understanding to the challenges

Duties of the Coroner's Office

The Coroner's Office investigates suspicious, unnatural, violent, and sudden unexplained deaths within Franklin County. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW 68.50.010) provides the legislative foundation for the function of the Coroner.

The main purpose of the Coroner's Office is the determination of the cause and manner of death in cases that are of concern to the public's health, safety, and welfare. This determination is made on the basis of investigation and examination.

Investigations are usually performed in conjunction with a law enforcement agency and involve the collection of information regarding the circumstances of death as well as the medical and social history of the decedent.

Examinations are performed to document evidence of injury and disease. Examinations may include autopsies. The autopsy is a test used by a pathologist to determine the cause of death and to collect specimens for toxicology. Autopsies are performed at the discretion of the Coroner in accordance with RCW statutes.