Polk County Medical Examiner

  • When will the body be released?

    Once the examination is complete, and a family has designated an arrangement for burial or cremation, the body will be released to a mortuary or cremation service. Family members must instruct the funeral home to call the Office of the Medical Examiner for release of the body and should contact the Medical Examiner’s Office at 515-286-2102 to inform us of their selection of funeral home.

  • Contact Us

    To report a death call (515) 286-3333
    1801 Hickman Rd
    Des Moines, Iowa 50314
    (515) 286-2102 (Days)
    (515) 286-3333 (Other times)
    Fax: (515) 286-2208