The Coroner's Office only releases case specific information to legal next of kin, and it is up to that individual to disseminate the information to other family members and/or friends. Having one point of contact with a family makes communication amongst agencies and family easier and less confusing. Only with permission of legal next of kin, will the circumstances of your loved one's on-going death investigation be discussed with anyone else.
As part of any death investigation, Deputy Coroners must gather information. This includes asking questions which may be painful and upsetting to family members and friends. It may also include collecting a variety of evidentiary items. As painful and upsetting as these questions and procedures may be, please keep in mind they are necessary and required in a death investigation in order for us to determine cause and manner of death.
If you have any questions or concerns about how we communicate with families, please let us know by contacting the Coroner's Office at (309) 888-5210.