Polk County Medical Examiner


What is a Medical Examiner Case?

Chapter 331 of the Code of Iowa, Part 8 clearly defines which cases fall under the jurisdiction of medical examiners. Medical examiner cases include sudden, unexpected, violent or unnatural deaths, and other deaths “affecting the public interest.” The definition of which deaths must be INVESTIGATED by medical examiners actually restricts those deaths which may be certified by physicians who are not medical examiners. Any death in which the manner of death is NOT natural, or any death in which the decedent was NOT seen by a physician within the previous 36 hours (lengthened to 30 days when the decedent had a diagnosed terminal or bedfast condition) MUST be INVESTIGATED by a medical examiner.

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