The Coroner’s Section is located in the Administration building of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. Coroner personnel investigate all sudden, violent, and unusual deaths that occur in Yolo County. The primary duty of the Coroner is to determine the cause and manner of death through on-scene investigation, examination of evidence, interviews, medical records, toxicological analysis, forensic pathology examinations, and autopsies.
In addition, the Coroner’s Section determines positive identification of decedents, issues the certificate of death, provides notification to the next-of-kin, collects and processes evidence, and secures the decedent’s property. Duties are performed using forensic photography, forensic radiology, sample collection for toxicological analysis, and by completing a detailed investigative report. Courtroom testimony may be necessary in criminal cases.
The Coroner’s Student Intern Program, which originated in 1993, provides an opportunity for college students to gain practical and hands-on experience in the field of Death Investigations from Deputy Coroners.
Coroner Information Documents