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    Forensic Death Investigations

    One of the primary purposes of the Medical Examiner’s Office is to conduct inquests or investigations into the cause and manner of deaths occurring within Tarrant, Denton, Johnson and Parker Counties.  The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s District staffs an around-the-clock investigative division responsible for initiating a formal response to all reportable cases.

    Forensic investigators are trained in a multi-disciplinary capacity and possess unique education and abilities, including knowledge of criminal investigation techniques, relevant aspects of forensic medicine, crime scene processing skills, and maintenance of case integrity.  Additionally, each investigator is capable of conducting effective interviews, locating and notifying next-of-kin, and interacting with law enforcement personnel.

    Once a jurisdictional death is reported, an investigator attends the scene or hospital where the death occurred.  After conducting the initial investigation, an investigator prepares a detailed case report containing biographical data on the decedent, a narrative of the events leading up to the time of death or discovery of the decedent, and a summation of all investigative analyses and leads.  Additionally, investigators coordinate with hospitals, physicians, law enforcement agencies, employers, families, and other pertinent sources to gather information that might be of value to the determination of both a decedent's positive identification as well as the cause and manner of death.

    This page was last modified on March 31, 2022


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