What Does the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office Do?

The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office is notified when a death affects the public interest as defined in Iowa Code 331.802.  The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office will then conduct an investigation that is appropriate to accurately determine the cause and manner of death in a scientific, unbiased, and logical manner.

This investigation may include but is not limited to: a review of medical records, a review of the history of illness or injury, photographic documentation, and evidence collection. 

When necessary, further forensic examination will be performed by a board certified forensic pathologist. 

The information gathered during a forensic death investigation and subsequent forensic examination is critical to many criminal and civil court cases. This information will also help us provide answers to assist you in understanding your loved one’s death.