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The staff of the Greene County Medical Examiners Office offers our sincere condolences during what is a very stressful and difficult time. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Autopsies and external examinations are performed at the Medical Examiner’s Office. Cases are referred to the medical examiner based on criteria set forth in Missouri Statutes. The Medical Examiner will determine the need for an autopsy based on the information received through initial investigation. An autopsy is not done on every case referred to the Medical Examiner. Bodies are released to the funeral home of the next of kin’s choice as soon as the Medical Examiner has completed the examination.

Missouri Statute 58.720 directs the Medical Examiner to investigate the following deaths:

Child deaths, under age 18 are to be reported to the Medical Examiner for investigation and referral to the Child Fatality Review Panel. The Medical Examiner is also to be notified of all Residential Care Facility, and Hospice deaths.

Under Missouri Statute, deaths meeting any of these criteria must be immediately reported to the medical examiner or coroner in the county where the person dies. Jurisdiction over a case is also determined by statute and currently if a death is caused by any type of trauma or involves a child, jurisdiction reverts to the county where the incident occurred. The Greene County Medical Examiners Office notifies the appropriate county as soon as the location of the incident is determined. Deaths in the Emergency Department are reported to the Medical Examiner and the death certificate is typically forwarded to our office to be signed.

Personal property is inventoried by the medical examiner, and sent to the funeral home with the body. Clothing that is deemed hazardous due to soiling will be disposed of. Law Enforcement may have personal property that was collected as evidence, or valuables collected for safekeeping. Prescription medications are collected after death. They are inventoried and destroyed after the case is completed.

Toxicology testing is done as part of the autopsy. Samples are obtained, and sent to an off site forensic toxicology lab. Our office usually receives results from these tests in 4-6 weeks. In rare cases special studies may take longer to complete.