King County Medical Examiner's Annual Report
The Medical Examiner’s Office 2017 Annual Report reflects the activities pertaining to the investigation of jurisdictional deaths in King County. This annual report presents detailed analyses of the different manners of death, as well as trends in homicides, traffic fatalities, and drug overdose deaths. While the report tends to depict the more violent types of death, it is worth noting that nearly 40% of Medical Examiner cases were classified as natural deaths.
In addition, data provided within this report helps shape Public Health policies designed to save lives by reducing preventable deaths. This report also documents the Medical Examiner’s role in support of life saving organ and tissue donations, see page 95 for further details.