The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office is created by the Colorado Constitution and the Colorado Revised Statutes §30-10-600, and mandated to establish the cause and manner of death for people who die suddenly or unexpectedly, or who are not attended by a physician at the time of death. The Coroner’s Office is also required to investigate deaths from accidents, acts of violence and other special circumstances. These include all deaths in Jefferson County that fall under the following circumstances:
- If the death is or may be unnatural as a result of external influences, violence, or injury;
- Due to the influence of or the result of intoxication by alcohol, drugs, or poison;
- As a result of an accident, including at the workplace;
- When the death of an infant or child is unexpected or unexplained;
- When no physician is in attendance or when, though in attendance, the physician is unable to certify the cause of death;
- From a death that occurs within twenty-four hours of admission to a hospital;
- From a disease which may be hazardous or contagious or which may constitute a threat to the health of the general public;
- If the death occurs from the action of a peace officer or while in the custody of law enforcement officials or while incarcerated in a public institution;
- When the death was sudden and happened to a person who was in apparent good health;
- When a body is unidentifiable, decomposed, charred, or skeletonized; or
- Circumstances that the coroner otherwise determines may warrant further inquiry to determine cause and manner of death or further law enforcement investigation.
Our team is quite small, but we are blessed with a dedicated, well trained, and committed group consisting of the coroner, chief deputy coroner, deputy coroners, support staff and extraordinary forensic pathologists. Together, we dedicate our work to our decedents and their loved ones.