STANDARDS DEALING WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF CORONER'S CASES
Definitions. W.S. 7-4-104 is appended to these
standards as Appendix A and adopted and incorporated
Conduct. Coroners shall act in accordance with all
relevant state and federal law. In addition, in
dealing with the deceased, the family of the deceased,
and the general public, the Coroners shall conduct
themselves in a manner consistent with the highest
standards of professionalism, compassion, and respect.
(a) The Coroner shall work jointly with
all law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction in a
death scene investigation.
(b) The Coroner has jurisdiction over and
shall take custody of the body.
(c) The Coroner shall assume
responsibility for the property of the deceased.
(d) Evidence is the responsibility of law
enforcement and/or the Coroner.
(e) The Coroner shall protect the chain of
custody for any evidence in their custody.
(f) The Coroner shall provide for
transportation, security, and preservation of the
deceased until released to the next of kin or their
(g) The Coroner shall pronounce death,
and record the date, time, and location.
(h) The Coroner shall provide for the
notification of next of kin.
Coroner shall provide the office staff and
and adequate equipment to perform any duties of the
(iii) Adequate and appropriate safety and personal
protective equipment suitable for the circumstances of
(a) The Coroner shall identify the
deceased and determine the Manner and Cause of death as
accurately as possible.
(b) In determining the Manner and Cause
of death, the investigation shall include:
Toxicology sample on the deceased;
Inventory of property, evidence, and medications;
(v) External Exam; and
(c) The Coroner shall issue a written
report for all death investigations. The written
reports may include but are not limited to, data from
measuring devices, diagrams, evidence and body labeling,
interviews, psychological and social histories, medical
histories and consultation with physicians, autopsy,
fingerprints, radiology, odontology, or DNA profiles or
any other method necessary to determine the cause and
manner of death.
(d) Investigations requiring a forensic
autopsy of the deceased shall be conducted by a Forensic
Pathologist who has been certified in that specialty by
a nationally recognized certification board.
(e) All investigations will be completed in a
reasonable time. The term ‘reasonable time’ is defined
as that time period necessary to complete and collect
data and information from toxicology, autopsy, or other
investigation procedures, to determine with medical
certainty a manner and cause of death.
Section 5. Records. The
Coroner shall maintain all public records in accordance
with W.S. 9-2-405 through 9-2-413.