The Coroner's office of Adams County, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, investigates the deaths of county residents and conducts inquests to determine the cause and circumstances under which the death occurred.


Types of deaths that must be reported to the Coroner’s office include accidental death, suicide, homicide, sudden death when the deceased had been in apparent health or in cases where suspicious or unusual circumstances exist. 


In cases of accidental death, including death arising from employment conditions, Homicidal Deaths, Suicidal Deaths, Abortions ( Criminal or self-induced), the death must be reported to the Coroner even though the survival period prior to death may be up to 12 months.


When a person arrives  D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival) at a hospital, it is to be reported immediately.  This includes any death which occurs within twenty-four hours after admission.


If a request is made for cremation, the funeral director in attendance should immediately notify the Coroner.


Any person who discovers a body or acquires the first knowledge of the death of any person who died under the above circumstances, should immediately notify the office of the Coroner of the known facts concerning the time, place, manner and circumstances of such death, and of any other information which might be required by the Coroner. 


Under the above circumstances, no one should touch, remove, disturb the body or disturb the clothing or any article on or near the body without an order from the Coroner.


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