The function of the county coroner is one of death investigation. Death investigations often include scene investigation, witness and family interviews, medical records reviews, attending physician opinions, toxicology studies and thorough body examinations. If necessary, an autopsy may be done.
Authority & Jurisdiction
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) describes the authority and jurisdiction of the county coroner.
There are two systems of death investigation in the United States, the Coroner and Medical Examiner systems. The State of Washington has a combination of the two systems. They are virtually identical in their duties and responsibilities and differ mainly in their administration.