Issues

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office is responsible for the investigation and completion of the death certificate for the following types of death:

  • Sudden deaths not caused by readily recognizable disease
  • Deaths occurring under suspicious circumstances or as a result of violence or trauma
  • Operative and peri-operative
  • Unidentified or unclaimed bodies
  • Contagious diseases and any other disease reportable to the state health department
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Stillbirths
  • Bodies to be cremated, buried at sea or otherwise disposed of so as to be thereafter unavailable for examination. Funeral homes will contact coroner.
  • Computerized death records or coroner’s cases from 1858 up to the present time
  • Monthly statistics of homicides, suicides and motor vehicle accidents
  • Annual statistics of all causes of death within the realm of coroner participation

MAIN ISSUES

Investigate specious and unexplained deaths

  • SADS Suden Adult Death Syndrome
  • Unexplained Anomalies in the autopsy process
  • Investigate comorbidities surrounding virial infections

Notify family members of those deaths

  • Develop a process to notify family members of the statis of loved one
  • Develop a process to notify family members before any cremation
  • Develop a follow-up system to ensure families have received closure

Bring more transparency to the office of coroner

  • Create a real time support tickets system for families
  • Public post quarterly expenditure reports from the coroner’s office
  • Annual performance review of the office

Engage with outside agencies to better support businesses and families

  • Open the bidding process up to more businesses
  • Form working alliances with existing coroners in the state
  • Work with government to ensure families are supported