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Pamela L. Gay was elected Coroner in November 2013 and took office on January 6, 2014. A registered nurse for 34 years and certified in Forensic Nursing, Pam’s focus is on reaching out to survivors of loss and educating the community regarding health trends in York County and the preventative measures that can be taken to reduce deaths due to substance abuse and suicide. Pam is also certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
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The York County Coroner’s Office (YCCO) investigates the facts and circumstances of deaths that occur within the county. The purpose of the investigation is to determine the cause of any such death and to determine whether or not there is sufficient reason to believe that any such death may have resulted from criminal acts or criminal neglect of persons other than the deceased.
The York County Coroner's Office assumes jurisdiction of those deaths that occur within the limits of York County. The Coroner, Chief Deputy or Deputy Coroner may conduct interviews, serve subpoenas or otherwise conduct investigative procedures outside of the county as long as the death occurred within the county.
Emergency Medical Service providers, Police Investigators or Healthcare Facility Personnel typically notify the Coroner's Office when a death occurs.
The general public should call 911 to report a death. If the decedent is under hospice care, it is appropriate for the family to contact the funeral director of their choice or hospice nurse without calling 911.
No. In York County, the following deaths are not reportable:
The following deaths are reportable to the Coroner in York County:
No. The Coroner's Investigative Report, Autopsy and Toxicology Reports are not public records. These reports contain information that is protected by Federal and State Laws.
The View of Body (cause and manner of all deaths) are the only records that are made available to the public. State Law requires that only the following information be made available for public view:
1 copy of each report is made available to the legal next of kin, providing that the investigation is complete and the case is closed.
Insurance or Legal requests for reports may be made in writing on company or law firm letterhead and must accompany a written authorization release from the legal next of kin.
1 watermarked copy of autopsy and/or toxicology report is made available to the legal Next of Kin at no charge.
A fee is charged for additional copies to Next of Kin and/or outside legal/insurance entities at the following rates (if no pending criminal action). Insurance or legal entities must submit their request via letter on letterhead- all documents/photos are watermarked and cannot be copied:
Coroner's Investigative Report - $100
Autopsy Report - $500
Toxicology Report - $100
Case Photographs - $250 for first 50 photos; $250 for any additional photos beyond 50; $500 total max
Personal effects are typically released to the funeral director along with the decedent.
The legal next of kin, or legal designee, may pick up items not released to the funeral director during normal office hours and by appointment only.
Recipient must present a valid government-issued photo ID and sign a release.
No, due to biohazard and public health concerns, as well as insurance regulations, the general public is not permitted to enter the morgue facility, which is currently at York Hospital.
If identification of a decedent is necessary, additional forensic methods will be utilized.
Arrangements to view a decedent should be made with the funeral director handling the final disposition. Funeral homes will work with families who wish to view the decedent.