The Medical Examiner’s Office is the department responsible for determining the cause and manner of death of people who die as a result of circumstances that occur in Racine County. Our Chief Medical Examiner and Deputy Medical Examiner’s take reports of deaths and respond to scenes 24 hours a day every day of the year. The Medical Examiner’s Office is not part of any law enforcement agency or hospital, although we do often work with these agencies.
The following is a list of deaths that are reportable to the Medical Examiners Office.
- Homicides and Suicides
- Deaths following accidents, even if the injury is not the cause of death
- Deaths due to poisoning
- Deaths with unexplained, unusual, or suspicious circumstances
- Deaths involving motor vehicles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and boats
- Deaths with no physician or accredited spiritual healer in attendance 30 days preceding death
- When after reasonable efforts, the physician cannot be obtained or will not/cannot sign the death certificate in time or in an emergency situation as determined by the medical examiner
- Deaths which occur at home in which the person was not currently enrolled in an accredited hospice program
- Deaths which occur at home or in the hospital and the person is signed up for an accredited hospice program
- Deaths that occur in the hospital less than 24 hours of admittance