The mission of the Inyo County Coroner Office is to serve the citizens and visitors of Inyo County by conducting thorough medicolegal death investigations with compassion and specialized expertise.
The Coroner Division is an investigative unit responsible for carrying out the statutory duties of the Coroner Per Government Code Section 27491. Those duties include investigation into the circumstances surrounding all deaths falling within the Coroner's Jurisdiction for the purpose of determining the identity of the deceased, the medical cause of death, the manner of death, and the date and time of death. Medicolegal death investigations are conducted countywide on all homicides, suicides, accidents, suspicious and unexplained deaths. Other duties include notifying the next of kin, safeguarding personal property, collection of evidence, and completion of mandatory records and documents. The Division is also proactive in the community, participating in programs geared towards preventing drunk driving and drug use.