Office of the Medical Examiner

What we do: 


The Office of the Medical Examiner is a county agency charged under Arizona Law to perform medical investigations of certain types of deaths in our community. The goal of these investigations is to determine the medical cause (disease and/or injury) of the death for the protection of the public’s health and safety. Our investigations inform families, the public and its agencies, and other community stakeholders in the hopes that future deaths may be prevented.

Who we are:

Our agency is staffed by certified forensic medical and scientific professionals in a variety of fields including forensic pathology, forensic toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic odontology, neuropathology, medicolegal death investigation, forensic photography, and histotechnology.

Who we serve:

Our investigations are intended to serve the entire public of Maricopa County by identifying traumatic, non-natural, or unexplained deaths so that policy, legal, and public health interventions may be developed to assist residents live long and healthy lives.  In doing these investigations, we commit ourselves to compassionate, kind, and professional interactions with the bereaved members of our community left behind by such tragedies. 

Need information from us? 

Frequently Asked Questions
Look up a case
Request a copy of the Medical Examiner Report
Request a copy of a Death Certificate (Office of Vital Records)
Media inquiries? (Office of Communications)