Coroner's Bureau

The Coroner’s Office was established on May 2, 1893. On January 4, 1999, the Coroner’s Office consolidated with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, becoming the 42nd county in the state to consolidate the Coroner’s Office with the Sheriff’s Office.

The Coroner investigates and reports on all violent, sudden or unusual deaths of persons within the County as established by California law.

The Coroner may hold an inquest if the circumstances warrant. The inquest may be held with or without a jury, at the Coroner’s discretion and shall be open to the public.   

Death Reviews

When a death occurs in our county involving an inmate at a prison or county detention facility or when a person dies by the hands of law enforcement or in a situation with law enforcement involvement, we immediately begin the Coroner Review process. This process is a formal legal process used to establish the cause, manner, and mode of death.

Location and Contact

We are located at 800 S. Redlands in the city of Perris, California, or you can call us at 951-443-2300.

  1. Mandatory Investigations
  2. Additional Investigations
  3. Press Releases 
  4. Missing Persons 
  5. Unidentified Persons
  6. Forms

Government Code, State of California, Section 27491 and Health and Safety Code Section 102850 mandate that the Sheriff-Coroner inquires into the following deaths:

  • Accidental poisoning from:
    • Chemical
    • Drug
    • Food
    • Therapeutic agents
  • Associated with a known or alleged rape or crime against nature
  • Deaths in the custody of law enforcement, in prison or while under sentence
  • Deaths in state hospitals serving the mentally or developmentally disabled
  • The deceased has not been attended by a physician in the 20 days prior to death
  • Deaths from:
    • Alcoholism
    • Aspiration
    • Cutting
    • Drowning
    • Drug addiction
    • Exposure
    • Fire
    • Gunshot
    • Hanging
    • Stabbing
    • Starvation
    • Strangulation
  • Following an accident, or injury (primary or contributory, occurring immediately or at some remote time)
  • Involving any criminal action or suspicion of a criminal act, in whole or in part
  • Known or suspected contagious disease constituting a public health hazard
  • Known or suspected homicide
  • Known or suspected suicide
  • Occupational diseases or occupational hazards
  • Physician unable to state the cause of death
  • Related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion
  • Suspected Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Unattended deaths