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Medical Examiner
5901 N. Lidgerwood St.
Ste 24B
Spokane, WA 99208-1126
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Medical Examiner

Mission Statement

A regional center dedicated to excellence in public service by providing professional, scientific, and compassionate forensic death investigation services.

Location and Contact Information

Medical Examiner's Office
5901 N Lidgerwood St, Suite 24B
Spokane, WA 99208-1126
Phone: (509) 477-2296
Fax: (509) 477-6327
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Maps and Directions to the Medical Examiner's Office

Responsibilities of a Medical Examiner System

  • Determine the cause and manner of death
    (Manner of death is one of 5 categories on a death certificate. Homicide, suicide, natural, accident and undetermined. Undetermined is used when the category is unknown or two categories can't be distinguished.)
  • Perform investigations at the scene of death
  • Identify the dead with a high degree of certainty using scientific forensic methods
  • Identify and collect evidence properly
  • Provide expert legal testimony in criminal and civil matters
  • Recognize unsuspected homicides
  • Exonerate the innocent
  • Recognize dangerous features of consumer products and report those to federal government
  • Treat grieving family members with compassion
  • Prepare and plan for mass casualty incidents.
  • Ensure the integrity, to the best of our ability, of the personal property of decedents.
  • Provide for disposition of unclaimed, indigent citizens, according to state law
  • Sign death certificates in all cases of unnatural death, and many cases of natural death
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Unclaimed Remains Unidentified Bodies and Missing Persons  Report a Missing Person to the Medical Examiner