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.
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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

OverdoseFreePA

The Chester County Coroner’s Office is participating in a partnership of Pennsylvania communities unified in the fight against the opioid overdose crisis. OverdoseFreePA provides resources, information and a thorough break down of overdose data from participating counties. View Overdose Deaths data for Chester County and Pennsylvania.

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Survivor's Guide


Survivors Guide - provided by the Coroner's office to assist survivors with decision making and helpful solutions during their time of loss

Coroner's Office Inters Unclaimed Veterans

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Coroner's Office Statistics for 2017 *

Manner of Death Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Total*
Natural
106
81
 99
69
75
 59
  70
57
53
73
742
Accidental
 17
14
 21
18
18
 18
  19
22
20
9
176
Homicide
   0
  0
    0
  1
  0
   1
    0
2
2
1
7
Suicide
 11
  1
    5
  4
  10
5
   4
6
6
3
55
Pending
   0
  0
    0
  0
  0
   0
    0
0
2
11
13
Undetermined
   0
  0
    2
   0
  0
   0
    1
0
3
0
6
Non-human Remains
   0
  0
    0
   0
  0
   0
    0
0
0
0
0
Total Cases
134
96
127
 92
103
83
94
87
86
97
999
Case Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Oct
Total*
Jurisdictional
62
46
65
46
62
46
44
56
57
53
537
Non-Jurisdictional
72
50
62
46
41
37
50
31
29
44
462
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Total*
Cremation Requests
263
202
256
206
200
210
190
198
171
199
2,095
Autopsy Performed
  16
  11
  16
  13
  14
  15
  12
10
25
12
144
Toxicology Draws Only
    9
   6
  13
  11
  12
  11
  15
15
6
10
108
Organ Donors
   11
   0
    5
    3
    4
    5
    6
6
9
 
49

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident Total*
Drug Overdose
107
Fall
32
Motor Vehicle Accident
30
Drowning
Smoke/Soot
2
Electrocution
1
Total
176
Type of Suicide Total*
Firearms
20
Hanging
18
Drug Overdose
8
Asphyxiation
 2
Traumatic Injury
4
Exsanguination
2
Other
   1
Total Cases
55

Homicide

Type of Homicide
Total*
Firearm
6
Drug Overdose
  1
Total
7

Undetermined

Type Total*
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
1
Undetermined
5
Total
6
*Statistics as of October 31, 2017