What types of cases does the coroner handle?
The coroner is responsible for investigating and determining cause of death for any person found or lying within the coroner's county, whose death is suspected as being caused by:
  • Anesthetic accident (O.R.)

  • Anything work-related

  • Asphyxia, Drowning

  • Blunt trauma (blows)

  • Burns

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Cutting or stabbing

  • Drug overdose, poison ingestion

  • Electric shock

  • Falls

  • Firearm

  • Fractures of bones

  • Hanging

  • Suffocation

  • Strangulation

  • Vehicular collisions

  • Weather-related (exposure)

The coroner is also responsible for investigating the following:
  • A maternal or fetal death due to abortion, sex crime, or a crime against nature

  • A suspicious, obscure, or mysterious death

  • A death where addiction to alcohol or drugs may have been a contributing cause

  • A natural death where the decedent was not attended by a licensed physician

  • Deaths occurring in any jail or other correctional institution

  • Sudden or violent death, whether apparently suicide, homicide, or accidental

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1. What is the duty of the coroner as mandated by Wyoming State statute?
2. What types of cases does the coroner handle?
3. Who reports the death to the coroner?
4. Who signs the death certificate and where do I obtain one?
5. What is an autopsy and where are they performed?
6. Can I get a copy of the autopsy report and how long does it take?
7. Does the family need to consent to an autopsy before the coroner may authorize that one be performed?
8. What are the responsibilities of the coroner?
9. Can I come and witness an autopsy?
10. Does the Coroner Office offer Job Shadow opportunities?
11. How did you gain all the experience and knowledge to become qualified to be a medicolegal death investigator and become Coroner?