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

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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Coroner's Office Statistics for 2017 *

Manner of Death Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Total*
Natural 106 81  99 68 75  58   70
557
Accidental  17 14  21 18 18  19   13
120
Homicide    0   0     0   1   0    1     0
2
Suicide  11   1     5   4   9    4     3
37
Pending    0   0     0    1   1    1     8
11
Undetermined    0   0     2    0   0    0     0
2
Non-human Remains    0
  0
    0    0   0    0     0
0
Total Cases 134 96 127  92 103 83   91
729
Case Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Total*
Jurisdictional 62 46 65 46 62 46 44
371
Non-Jurisdictional 72 50 62 46 41 37 50
358
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Total*
Cremation Requests 263 202 256 206
200
210 190
1,337
Autopsy Performed   16   11   16   13   14   15   12
97
Toxicology Draws Only     9    6   13   11   12   11   15
77
Organ Donors    11    0     5     3     4     5     0
28

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident Total*
Drug Overdose  77
Fall  24
Motor Vehicle Accident  14
Drowning    2 
Smoke/Soot    2
Other    1
Total 120
Type of Suicide Total*
Drug Overdose   5
Firearms  16
Hanging  11
Asphyxiation    2
Exsanguination    2
Other    1
Total Cases    37

Homicide

Type of Homicide Total*
Drug Overdose   1
Firearm   1
Total   2

Undetermined

Type Total*
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 1
Undetermined 1
Total 2
*Statistics as of July 31, 2017