To Investigate Certain Types of Deaths:

  •  Homicide

  •  Suicide

  • Accidental

  • Criminal Abortions (including those self-induced)

  • Unforeseen Sudden Occurrence (not seen by physician 36 hours preceding death)

  •  Custody Deaths (while in custody of law enforcement)

  •  Penal Deaths (lethal injection / legal execution)

  •  Child Deaths (under age of 18)

  • Unusual or Suspicious Manner Deaths

  • Occur in Non-licensed Health Care Facilities (hospice type)

  • Occur in Licensed Health Care Facilities (nursing home / residential care)

  • To be Conservator of Peace (throughout his or her county)

  • To Execute Process When Sheriff Disqualified (when sheriff is a party / involved)

  • To Perform Duties of Sheriff When Office is Vacant (by death or otherwise)

  • To Hold Coroner's Inquest / Coroner's Jury

  • To Issue Warrant to Summon Coroner's Jury (coroner inquest)

  • Coroner to Administer Oath to Jurors

  • Coroner to Issue Subpoenas (witnesses)

  • Order Postmortem Examination (autopsy)

  • Certify Cause and Manner of Death (death certificate)

  • Order Blood Sample Test for Alcohol & Drug Content (all motor vehicle fatalities)

  • Report Toxicology results in writing to Missouri State Highway Patrol

  • Procure Organ Donations (procurement of cadaver organ and tissue donation)
Other Duties: