Coroner's Annual Review

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office reviewed more than 5,638 reports of death for 2021 with 1,540 of these deaths having been medically unattended or unexpected or resulting from special circumstances that make the death a coroner’s case by law. These unattended or unexpected deaths require a scene response and investigation by a deputy coroner and 541 of these deaths will require an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Those 5,638 deaths include "investigated deaths," where a deputy coroner responds to various locations involved with the occurrence, and "reportable deaths," where a deputy coroner gathers specific information about the case without going to the location of the death.

During 2021, there were five open DOE cases in NAMUS for unidentified bodies, zero unclaimed bodies and zero exhumations. There were zero external examinations performed and 524 cases where toxicology was performed. The office had zero referrals for organ and tissue donations and zero hospital autopsies under the Coroner’s jurisdiction. There were zero partial autopsies performed. There were no bodies transported by the office. 

The office participates in the local or state child fatality review board and the domestic violence fatality review board.  There is presently not an elder fatality review board, however should one be created, we will participate.

Accessing the Coroner's Annual Review

You can see all of the information within the Coroner's Annual Review visually on this page and by selected the pages within the left navigation on this page. You can see the full report for 2021, and those of previous years, in these attached PDF files:

Coroner's Annual Review - Overview for 2021
Coroner's Annual Review - Population Estiate for 2021
Coroner's Annual Review - Total Deaths by Year for 2021