Polk County Medical Examiner

  • Can I get information about the death of someone who is not a relative?

    No. The information in the investigation and autopsy reports are confidential under Iowa law (see IA Code 22.7.41) and are considered by our office to be medical records. Our office will not discuss the circumstances of a case with anyone other than the immediate next of kin or their designee.

  • 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