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Coroner Activity - Los Angeles County          Los Angeles County Coroner

Department of the Coroner
Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner/Coroner
1104 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles 90033
(323) 343-0512

The Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner inquires into and determines the circumstances, manner, and
cause of all violent, sudden, or unusual deaths occurring within Los Angeles County, including all homicides, suicides,
accidental deaths, and natural deaths where the decedent has not seen a physician within 20 days prior to death. The
department is also responsible for correctly identifying the deceased and for making proper disposition of remains.

Fiscal Year

Investigations

Autopsies

Field Deaths

Hospital Deaths

Mortuary Deaths

2009-2010*

3,494*

3,778* 2,599*

6,500*

2008-2009

3,531 3,790 1,748 6,584

2007-2008

3,533 3,338 2,361

6,912

2006-2007

3,514 3,705 2,565 7,101

2005-2006

3,439

3,474

1,218

6,972

2004-2005

3,323

4,052

2,621

7,291

2003-2004

3,318

4,153

2,703

7,267

* Estimated numbers

Coroner Statistics, Period 1995-2004

Fiscal Year Cases Investigated Autopsies/Examinations
2003-2004 19,966 7,267
2002-2003 19,204 7,184
2001-2002 19,054 7,142
2000-2001 17,815 6,790
1999-2000 18,814 6,801
1998-1999 18,521 6,773
1997-1998 18,500 6,882
1996-1997 19,569 6,890
1995-1996 19,160 7,618

Source: County of Los Angeles

 

The Los Angeles County Coroner stores an average of 300 bodies each week.

On a strange note, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office actually offers a gift shop. You can browse their line of
merchandise at their online shop.

 

 

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