The mission of the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office is to investigate to Cause of Death and to determine the Manner of Death of individuals who die within the boundaries of the County, as a result of a sudden incident, unattended, violent or suspicious circumstances.
The Office of the Coroner is an independent Investigative Agency which investigates and documents the facts and circumstances surrounding each death that falls under its’ jurisdiction. The Office of the Coroner operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.
The Office of the Coroner provides death scene investigations to include natural, accident, suicides, homicides deaths, wrongful deaths, industrial accidents, death due to neglect, mass fatalities and disasters, deaths due to malpractice, deaths due to a criminal act or negligence, arson and fire deaths. The investigations and rulings of the Coroner’s Office concerning criminal acts or criminal neglect, or those that affect the public health and safety are the foundation for follow-up actions by other investigative agencies.
Additionally, the Office of the Coroner provides for decedent identification, performs autopsies according to state statute, toxicological and forensic testing when required, conducts inquests when necessary, and assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies.
Our Team is made up of highly trained and educated investigators, along with experts in Forensic Pathology, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology and Forensic Ophthalmology.
The Office of the Coroner strives to provide professional, dedicated and responsible services, to all citizens of the County of Lehigh.
In June 2006, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office was accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. The second Agency in the United States to achieve such recognition.