Chester County Coroner's Office

24/7 Death Reporting Line: 610-383-7000

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. We determine the cause and manner of death, the identity of the decedent, and provide notification to the legal next of kin, while exhibiting the highest degree of compassion, professionalism, and integrity.

National Coroner and Medicolegal Death Investigator Appreciation Week (January 23rd-29th)

The Chester County Board of Commissioners proclaimed January 29th, 2023 as National Coroner and Medicolegal Death Investigator Appreciation Day with an official proclamation that you can view HERE. The Coroner's Office appreciates the recognition by the Commissioners, which highlighted the dedication and commitment of our office to the citizens of Chester County. As "last responders" we can experience secondary trauma and emotional fatigue due to the nature of our work, but we continue to work tirelessly to investigate all deaths reported to our office with the utmost integrity and compassion.National Coroner Medicolegal Death Week Proclamation

(from left to right: back row- First Deputy Coroner Jesse Poole-Gulick, Deputy Coroner Greg Allen, Deputy Coroner Devyn Grasso, Chief Deputy Coroner Caroline Johnson, Commissioner Josh Maxwell; front row- Commissioner Michelle Kichline, Coroner's Office Manager Jennifer Polonoli, Coroner Sophia Garcia-Jackson, and Commissioner Marian Moskowitz.)

Forms

Survivor's Guide

The Survivors Guide / Guia Para la Famila is provided by the Coroner's office to assist survivors with decision-making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.

Current Year Statistical Data

Coroner jurisdiction is over certain kinds of deaths (as detailed in State Statute Title 16 P.S., County Code) that occur within Chester County. The location of the event leading to the death or the residence of the decedent prior to death may in some cases be outside Chester County. Location of death is the governing factor in determining Coroner jurisdiction and inclusion in these data.

2022 COVID-19 Deaths Reported to the Coroner's Office

Type of Case
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Total
COVID-19 Deaths
90
39
18
10
11
11
10
15
8
11
9
15
247

2022 Statistics

Manner of Death
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov Dec
Total
Natural
163
100
86
88
90
87
75
78
88
89
86
97
1127
Accidental
23
21
28
17
25
21
19
31
19
16
19
3
242
Homicide
0
2
0
3
4
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
12
Suicide
6
7
4
7
6
6
7
7
4
8
2
1
65
Pending
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
3
39
44
Undetermined
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
4
Total Cases
192
130
119
115
125
116
102
117
112
116
110
140
1494

Case Type

Type of Case
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov Dec
Total
Jurisdictional
137
87
75
61
70
67
56
74
58
62
60
67
874
Non-Jurisdictional
55
43
44
54
55
49
46
43
54
54
50
73
620
Totals
192
130
119
115
125
116
102
117
112
116
110
140
1494

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total
Drug Overdose
94
Fall
80
Motor Vehicle Collision
28
Environmental Exposure
3
Drowning
3
Asphyxiation Related
18
Fire Related
3
Poisoning
4
Firearms
1
Other
8
Total Cases
242

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total
Firearms
29
Hanging
17
Overdose
6
Traumatic Injury
6
Poisoning
3
Other
4
Total Cases
65

Homicides

Type
Total
Firearm
11
Sharp Force Injury
1
Other
0
Total Cases
12

Undetermined

Type of Undetermined
Total
Undetermined
4
Total Cases
4

Other Statistics

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Cremation Requests
309
217
230
215
195
256
207 218
236
213
239
249
2784
Full/Partial Autopsy
23
24
26
23
29
21
22
34
19
25
22
22
290
External Autopsy
5
9
6
6
4
5
1
1
3
2
3
5
50
Toxicology Testing Only
4
4
4
4
6
10
4
7
7
5
3
7
65
Organ Donors
5
1
2
2
5
1
3
10
5
2
3
6
45

* Statistics as of January 10th, 2023

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