Lucas County Coroner & Medical Examiner

Find Lucas 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.

Lucas County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1200 North 7th Street Chariton IA 50049 641-774-8103

About Lucas County Coroners & Medical Examiners

Lucas 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 Lucas County, IA. Coroners and Medical Examiners also determine the cause of death in cases of suspicious or violent death along with Lucas County Police and Sheriff's Offices. The determinations made by Lucas 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 Lucas County.

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

The Office of the Lucas County Coroner and Medical Examiner may provide death certificates and other death records for deaths which occurred in Lucas 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 Lucas 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 Lucas County, IA

Coroners and Medical Examiners are organized at the Lucas County, regional, and Iowa State level. Depending on the jurisdiction, the Lucas 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 Lucas County death certificate.

Lucas County Coroners

Though the terms are used interchangeably, there is a considerable difference between Coroners and Medical Examiners in Lucas County. Most notably, Coroners are not usually required to have any medical training. Often, the Lucas 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 Lucas 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 Lucas County

The Lucas 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 Lucas County Court and Law Enforcement.