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Department of the Medical Examiner

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Welcome to the web pages of the San Diego County Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner Office is centrally located in Kearny Mesa in the County Operations Center. We are a full service agency, performing all of our investigations, toxicology, forensic pathology, and histology in house.  In the following pages, we hope you will find useful information about the services, education and research efforts of the Medical Examiner’s Office as well as collected data on our cases and important links.  


Our 2013 Annual Report - Now Available

Our 2013 annual report is now available.  And check out our previous annual reports, which include statistics for 2000 - 2012 as well as insight into the day-to-day work of our office, from the initial investigation and examination, to our contributions to research, assistance with organ and tissue donation, and our collaboration with various multiagency groups trying to reduce sudden and unexpected deaths in San Diego County.   

Information for families

Find out what to expect if you've experienced the loss of a loved one and our office has become involved.

Obtaining copies of death certificates and reports

Learn the steps necessary to obtain copies of the death certificate and reports from our office.  Also, information regarding "pending" causes of death can be found here.

Press Releases

View an actively updated list of selected cases in the County.

Bereavement Center

Our Bereavement Center can offer help for families in the difficult times following the loss of a loved one.   


A map and directions to our office in Kearny Mesa.