Hancock County Coroner & Medical Examiner

Find Hancock County Iowa coroners, medical examiners, morgues, city, county, and state examiners. Coroners and medical examiners provide information on death reports, medical autopsies, forensic pathology, and toxicology records.

Hancock County Medical Examiner & Coroner PO Box 68 Britt IA 50423 641-843-5000

About Hancock County Coroners & Medical Examiners

Hancock County Coroners and Medical Examiners are responsible for determining a deceased person's cause, time, and manner of death, typically when the death was sudden, unexpected, or no attending physician was present in Hancock County, IA. Coroners and Medical Examiners also determine the cause of death in cases of suspicious or violent death along with Hancock County Police and Sheriff's Offices. The determinations made by Hancock County Coroners and Medical Examiners may be used to aid in criminal investigations, settle estates, resolve insurance claims, or identify threats to public health in Hancock County.

Interested Parties may contact Coroners & Medical Examiners for questions about:
  • Finding Hancock County death records
  • Searching for death certificates online
  • Requesting copies of Hancock County death certificates
  • Forensic pathology and investigations
  • Hancock County Coroner and Medical Examiner System
Hancock County Death Records

The Office of the Hancock County Coroner and Medical Examiner may provide death certificates and other death records for deaths which occurred in Hancock County, Iowa. If these records are not sealed or under investigation by local Law Enforcement, they may be made available upon public request.

Forensic Investigations

The Hancock County Coroner and Medical Examiner Offices investigate deaths that are suspicious, unusual, or unnatural, by suicide, or suspected overdose of drugs or alcohol.

Death Certificates in Hancock County, IA

Coroners and Medical Examiners are organized at the Hancock County, regional, and Iowa State level. Depending on the jurisdiction, the Hancock County Coroner or Medical Examiner may also be responsible for identifying the body, notifying the next of kin, collecting and returning personal belongings on the body to family, and signing the Hancock County death certificate.

Hancock County Coroners

Though the terms are used interchangeably, there is a considerable difference between Coroners and Medical Examiners in Hancock County. Most notably, Coroners are not usually required to have any medical training. Often, the Hancock County Coroner is an elected position with no special requirements other than reaching legal age and not having been convicted of any felonies. As a result, some of the Hancock County Coroner's medical duties, such as performing autopsies, may be delegated to medical professionals within the Coroner's office or outsourced to other entities.

Medical Examiners in Hancock County

The Hancock County Medical Examiner may be required to be a medical doctor or pathologist, often with a specialty in forensic pathology. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is usually an appointed position and they are qualified to perform autopsies and other medical aspects of the position, and may also testify in court when called upon by the Hancock County Court and Law Enforcement.