Palo Alto County Coroner & Medical Examiner

Find Palo Alto 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.


Palo Alto County Medical Examiner & Coroner 107 West Division Street West Bend IA 50597 515-887-7881


About Palo Alto County Coroners & Medical Examiners

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

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

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

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

Palo Alto County Coroners

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

The Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto County Court and Law Enforcement.