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King County Medical Examiner

J. Matthew Lacy, MD, Chief Medical Examiner

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

About the Medical Examiner

Learn more about the role of the medical examiner.

Investigations: Guide for family and friends of the deceased

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.

Decedent personal effects

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.

Records requests

How to order autopsy and investigator reports.

DNA and genetic testing

Requests for specimens for DNA and genetic testing.

Other services and resources

King County Medical Examiner’s Office decedent lists by day

The King County Medical Examiner's Office (KCMEO) releases decedent case information weekday afternoons (excluding holidays) once an investigation is complete.

Reports and data

View our annual reports and data dashboards.

Anthropology services

The King County Medical Examiner's Office employs the State Forensic Anthropologist to aid in analysis and identification of bodies.

Disposition Authorization

Information for funeral homes about how to request disposition authorization.

Fellowship training

Apply for our forensic pathology fellowship training program.

Indigent Remains Program

Learn more about cremation and a proper burial for individuals who are indigent and have died in King County.

Unidentified remains

Help the KCMEO identify cold cases of unidentified remains.