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  • An autopsy report is the medical finding (cause and manner of death)
  • An investigator report is the field report (investigator's finding at the scene)

How to order autopsy and investigator reports

  1. To obtain an autopsy and/or investigator report, you must be a family member of the deceased (RCW 68.50.105)

  2. Complete the records request form (for pre-1995 deaths, see below)

  3. Payment methods:
    • Mail order – Check or money order (payable to King County Medical Examiner's Office)
    • In person – Cash, check, money or credit card (fee applies)

  4. Mail your form and payment to the following street address:

    King County Medical Examiner's Office
    325 9th Avenue, HMC Box 359792
    Seattle, WA 98104-2499

  5. Order in person at the Ninth and Jefferson Building, 908 Jefferson St. 2nd floor Seattle, WA 98104 (parking in the building is free for the first 30 minutes).

The typical turnaround time for current cases is 4-5 months.
For cases that are completed, processing time is 3-5 business days.

How to order archived autopsy and investigator reports (pre-1995)

The Medical Examiner's Office keeps archived records of cases dating back to the late 1800's. The exact case materials will vary depending on the year the decedent died, and the type of case being investigated. Due to lack of storage on-site, archived Medical Examiner records are stored in a secured location. As a result, requests for Medical Examiner archived case information may not be obtained in person upon first visit.

To request a copy of an archived Medical Examiner case:

  1. Complete the archived records request form.

  2. Mail completed form to:

    King County Medical Examiner's Office
    325 9th Avenue, HMC Box 359792
    Seattle, WA 98104-2499

After Medical Examiner staff have verified the type of records in their possession, a member of the administrative team will contact the requestor to discuss and obtain the required payments. Please Do Not send payment with the request as some cases may not obtain all the records being requested.

It takes approximately 7-10 business days to locate and retrieve any potential records retained by KCMEO. To help expedite this process, please include a photo copy of the decedent's death certificate for reference.

Third party requests

If you are a third party, such as an insurance company or attorney, your completed records request form must be accompanied by an authorization from the legal next of kin or personal representative.  A release for patient medical records (RCW 70.02) may not be substituted for the request. 

Submit all three documents to:

King County Medical Examiner's Office
325 9th Ave
HMC Box 359792
Seattle, WA 98104-2499

For Third-Party Requests, do not send payments with your request. An invoice will be generated once the request has been processed.