Cindy Vanner

Medical Examiners, Office of the State


To determine both the cause and manner of death.

What we do

  • Assume jurisdiction over deaths due to or suspected of being due to:
    • Infectious disease or suspected infectious diseases that may represent a bio-terrorism event or emerging infection;
    • Natural, nuclear, biological, chemical or other mass casualty event;
    • Homicidal, suicidal, accidental or undetermined causes.
  • Work in conjunction with investigating agencies, federal agencies and other ancillary personnel, and the family assistance center to:
    • Recover and identify the decedents;
    • Screen deaths for public health significance and determine the cause of death;
    • Support families;
    • Issue death certificates and review death certificates prior to cremation;
    • Approve organ/tissue for donation.