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Coroner's Statistics

StatisticsThe Coroner is responsible to investigate deaths in accordance with California Government Code section 27491. Not all deaths that occur in the county are reported to the Coroner. The following statistics relate only to deaths that are reported to the Coroner. For information relating to all deaths occurring in the county, refer to statistics provided by the Riverside County Health Department.

Breakdown by Case Type

  • Medical Cases
    Many death investigations result in a determination that the decedent's attending physician will issue a cause of death and sign the death certificate. All of these deaths are due to natural causes and are referred to by the Coroner as "medical cases."
  • Coroner Cases
    Coroner cases are those in which the coroner signs the death certificate and the manner of death may be natural, accidental, homicide, suicide and undetermined.

By Case Type

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Medical Cases: 9382 8613 8460 7784 7278
Coroner Cases: 2588 2627 2455 2326 2394
Total Cases Reported: 11970 11240 10915 10110 9672

Breakdown by Manner of Death

Coroner Case Breakdown
by Manner of Death

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Natural 1102 1113 1187 1145 1149
Traffic 246 213 230 233 260
Suicide 222 251 230 198 218
Homicide 107 86 108 104 104
Misc. Accident 610 620 639 616 604
Undetermined 25 50 47 45 47

Autopsy vs. External Examination

Cause of death on Coroner cases is determined by autopsy, external examination or consultation. Consultations are done with the decedent's attending physician. External examinations are conducted by a forensic pathologist and include a review of medical records, if available, and thorough external examination of the body.

Autopsy vs. External Examination

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Autopsies 1471 1398 1351 1196 1223
External Examinations 586 744 659 680 758

 

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800 S. Redlands
Perris, CA 92570
951-443-2300
Indio Coroner's Facility
Indio Coroner's Facility
47-225 Oasis Street
Indio CA 92201
760-863-8311