Polk County Medical Examiner

  • What happens to the clothing and personal items?

    All clothing and personal items held by the Medical Examiner will be released with the body to the funeral home or crematory, unless it is identified as evidence. Any item identified as evidence will be turned over to the investigating law enforcement agency. Government issued identifications such as driver’s licenses and social security cards will be returned to the issuing agency and will not be returned to the family. For questions regarding these items please contact the office at 515-286-2102.

  • 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