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Coroner

Kevin Lacy

Kevin Lacy, Captain

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Addresses

Main Office
175 South Lena Road
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Phone:
(909) 387-2978

Fax:
(909) 387-2989

High Desert Office
14455 Civic Center Dr. #700
Victorville, CA 92392

Phone:
(760) 243-8750

Fax:
(760) 243-8745

Release Hours:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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On January 8, 2005 the Coroner's Department merged with the Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's new title is "Sheriff-Coroner." With this merger, a captain was appointed commander of the Coroner's Division and 33 new employees joined the department. The Coroner's Division has offices in San Bernardino, Apple Valley and Needles.

A few decades ago, before the current facility was built in 1988, autopsies were performed in local area mortuaries and later, at the San Bernardino County Medical Center. The pathologist would take his bag of instruments and perform the autopsy in the mortuary. However, autopsies are not the only thing happening at the Coroner's Division and not everyone who dies has an autopsy performed on him or her.

The Coroner's Division has Deputy Coroner Investigators who are tasked with investigating the cause and manner of death for those who die in San Bernardino County . Not every person who dies requires investigation. If individuals were under medical care, and/or there is a "natural" death determination, they do not come to the coroner's facility, but go directly to the mortuary the family has chosen.

A Deputy Coroner Investigator will be called to the scene of homicides, fatal traffic collisions and any other place where an unexplained death has transpired -- even in the middle of the desert to retrieve bones of the deceased. The investigator will take pictures and examine the body. These investigators make family notification and document the facts of the death.

In addition to three board certified forensic pathologists, our staff includes: an anthropologist, an odontologist, deputy coroner investigators, autopsy assistants, Sheriff's Service Specialists, clerical staff, and an indigent burial specialist. The Sheriff's Coroner Volunteer Unit is also an invaluable addition to the Division.

The deceased and their family members are treated with the utmost care and consideration. The job of the Coroner Division is to take care of the citizens of San Bernardino County at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to maintain the highest standard of professionalism and integrity in determining the cause and manner of death, while ensuring decedents and their families are treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

Answer: The deceased is being removed to either the county coroner/'s facility in San Bernardino or, under certain conditions, to the mortuary of your choice. The deputy coroner will indicate on the back of this pamphlet the location of the deceased...

Answer: The visitation of the loved one is done at the funeral home. No visitation is permitted at the county coroner/'s facility.

Answer: Contact the funeral director of your choice and advise him/her of what has transpired.

Answer: Certainly. You may call (909) 387-2978 any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In an emergency after normal business hours, you may contact the deputy coroner by calling the same number.

Answer: Not always. If the death is a "natural death" and the deceased has a physician who knows the medical cause of death and will furnish the coroner with an acceptable cause, the coroner will normally not perform an autopsy.

Answer: No. It is sometimes recommended to preserve the remains and is better for viewing by the family.

Answer: There are a number of reasons why autopsies are performed. However, the basic reason is to determine the medical cause of death. Another reason is to gather evidence for presentation in a court of law. At a later date, you may be glad we obtained this information for you.

Answer: There is no charge for an autopsy when it is part of the Coroner’s investigation.

Answer: Yes. Government Code Section 27472 authorizes the coroner’s office to assess a transportation fee. The Board of Supervisors approved the fee of $253.38 for removal.

Answer: The coroner will complete his investigation as soon as possible and release the remains to the funeral home of the family’s choice. The funeral director will work closely with the coroner’s office and should be able to assist you in setting the time and date for the funeral.

Answer: The following is a list of the deaths the Coroner is required by law to investigate:

  1. Unattended deaths. (No physician in attendance or during the continued absence of the attending physician.
  2. Wherein the deceased has not been attended by a physician in the 20 days prior to death.
  3. Physician unable to state the cause of death. (Unwillingness does not apply.)
  4. Known or suspected homicide.
  5. Known or suspected suicide.
  6. Involving any criminal action or suspicion of criminal act.
  7. Related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion.
  8. Associated with a known or alleged rape or crime against nature.
  9. Following an accident or injury (primary or contributory). Deaths unknown or suspected which resulted in whole or in part from a related accident or injury, either old or recent.
  10. Drowning, fire, hanging, gunshot, stabbing, cutting, starvation, exposure, acute alcoholism, drug addiction, strangulation or aspiration.
  11. Accidental poisoning. (Food, chemical, drug, therapeutic agents.)
  12. Occupational diseases or occupational hazards.
  13. Known or suspected contagious disease and constituting a public hazard.
  14. All deaths in operating rooms and all deaths where a patient has not fully recovered from an anesthetic, whether in surgery, recovery room or elsewhere.
  15. In prison or while under sentence.
  16. All deaths of unidentified persons.
  17. Suspected sudden infant death syndrome (crib deaths).
  18. All deaths of state hospital patients.
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San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

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