The King County Medical Examiner's Office (KCMEO) investigates sudden, unexpected, and unnatural deaths in King County with the highest level of professionalism, compassion, and efficiency, and provides a resource for improving the health and safety of the community consistent with the general mission of Public Health.
Services for families and friends of the deceased
Learn more about the role of the medical examiner.
This guide is intended to provide you information about the investigation process, answer some Frequently Asked Questions, and provide a checklist of your unique responsibilities.
Personal effects collected during a Medical Examiner investigation will be released to the family's designated Funeral Home. Families are to select a funeral home within 3 days to coordinate the release of their loved one and any personal effects.
How to order autopsy and investigator reports.
Requests for specimens for DNA and genetic testing.
Other services and resources
View our annual reports and data dashboards.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office employs the State Forensic Anthropologist to aid in analysis and identification of bodies.
Information for funeral homes about how to request disposition authorization.
Apply for our forensic pathology fellowship training program.
Learn more about cremation and a proper burial for individuals who are indigent and have died in King County.
Help the KCMEO identify cold cases of unidentified remains.