Coroner

Mission Statement



The Chester County Coroner’s Office is an independent agency serving the citizens and honoring the deceased of the county by investigating the facts and circumstances concerning jurisdictional deaths which have occurred within Chester County in order to determine the cause and manner of death, the identity of the decedent, and to provide notification to the legal next of kin, while exhibiting the highest degree of compassion, professionalism, and integrity.

Notice re Carfentanil Death

It is the duty of this office to inform the public that on July 4, 2017, a drug fatality occurred in Phoenixville that tested positive for the designed opioid, Carfentanil. Carfentanil is an extremely potent synthetic opioid that can resemble cocaine or heroin and is often disguised as heroin. The substance can come in various different forms and can be unintentionally inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Only properly trained and equipped professionals should handle any substance suspected to contain Carfentanil. Seek immediate medical attention if suspected exposure occurs and be ready to administer naloxone in the event of exposure. Please refer to the Carfentanil document from the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Dr. Gordon Eck, Coroner

Forms

The Chester County Coroner’s Office has created a Survivors Guide which contains information intended to assist survivors with decision making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.

Coroner's Office Inters Unclaimed Veterans

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Drug Death Data

The Chester County Coroner’s Office and the University of Pittsburg are working together to provide an ongoing overview of the drug death data in Chester County.

The following link http://www.overdosefreepa.pitt.edu/charts/ will allow you to view the Chester County drug death data which includes charts, graphs and maps on the demographics, the top ten drugs found in overdoses along with other information.  Once you click on the above link, scroll to the bottom and select “Chester County” from the counties section of the drop down list.

The Chester County Coroner’s Office has created a Survivors Guide which contains information intended to assist survivors with decision making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.

Coroner's Office Statistics for 2017 *

Manner of Death Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total*
Natural 106 81  99 68 74  56
484
Accidental  17 14  21 17 18  18
105
Homicide    0   0     0   1   0   1
2
Suicide  11   1     5   4   9   4
34
Pending    0   0     0    2   2   4
8
Undetermined    0   0     2    0   0   0
2
Non-human Remains    0
  0
    0    0   0   0
0
Total Cases 134 96 127  92 103 83
635
Case Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total*
Jurisdictional 62 46 65 46 62 46 327
Non-Jurisdictional 72 50 62 46 41 37 308
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total*
Cremation Requests 263 202 256 206
200
210 1,337
Autopsy Performed   16   11   16   13   14   15 85
Toxicology Draws Only     9    6   13   11   12   11 62
Organ Donors    11    0     5     3     4     5 28

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident Total*
Drug Overdose  64
Fall  22
Motor Vehicle Accident  14
Asphyxia    0
Choking    0
Drowning    2 
Smoke/Soot    2
Other    1
Total 105
Type of Suicide Total*
Drug Overdose   5
Firearms  14
Hanging  10
Asphyxiation    2
Exanguination    2
Other    1
Total Cases 34

Homicide

Type of Homicide Total*
Blunt force injury   0
Drug Overdose   1
Firearm   1
Stabbing   0
Total   2

Undetermined

Type Total*
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 1
Undetermined 1
Total 2
*Statistics as of June 30, 2017