Spokane County Coroner & Medical Examiner

Find Spokane County Washington 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.


Spokane County Medical Examiner & Coroner 5901 North Lidgerwood Street Spokane WA 99208 509-477-2296


About Spokane County Coroners & Medical Examiners

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

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

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

Forensic Investigations

The Spokane 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 Spokane County, WA

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

Spokane County Coroners

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

The Spokane 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 Spokane County Court and Law Enforcement.