The Investigations Unit of the Jackson County Medical Examiners Office is a 24/7 operation and consists of 8 full time Investigators, a Deputy Chief Investigator and the Chief of Forensic Operations and Investigations. The scope of work in this unit is to investigate the scene and circumstances surrounding deaths coming under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner’s Office.
- Respond promptly to death scenes and conduct an independent and thorough investigation into circumstances of death
- Interviews witnesses, relatives and other persons to obtain pertinent information regarding the decedent’s past history to assist the Medical Examiner with determining the manner and cause of death
- Photographs and documents death scenes as required and obtain detailed medical history and follow-up information as needed including but not limited to medical records and police reports
- Gather additional data as requested by the Medical Examiner and are skilled and knowledgeable in performing external body examinations and collection of evidence
- May be called upon to testify in court proceedings
- Familiar and utilize personal protection equipment during hazardous environments and work during inclement weather and stressful circumstances
- Exposed to decomposed bodies, contagious diseases, and other hazards
- Trained to assist in mass fatalities in scene investigation, morgue operations, administration, and the family assistance center
- Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy may also assist with autopsies when called upon by the Pathologist
Investigators also stay current on state and local laws regarding deaths handling of human remains. The Investigation Unit also works very closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies concerning deaths that occur under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Medical Examiners Office.