Below are specific circumstances of deaths that require notification of the Coroner’s Office. Note this is not a comprehensive list and you should report the death if you are unsure if it meets the criteria.
You should always call 911 if you find a deceased person, regardless of whether or not the death meets these criteria. The only exception is in the case of a death occuring within a hospital or healthcare facility.
If you are in a hospital or healthcare facility, please contact the Coroner’s Office at 765-420-7607. If it is after normal business hours (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Mon. - Fri.), a weekend, or a holiday, please contact the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department at 765-423-9321 and ask to speak to the on-call Deputy Coroner.
A death should be reported under any of the following cases:
• Not currently in the care of a physician or practitioner
• Suspicious or unusual circumstances
• Non-natural incidents
• Accidental death
• Suspected illicit or prescription drug intoxication
• Recent major surgery
• Recent trauma or injury
• Recent fall
• Less than 18 years of age
• Incarcerated individuals
• Wards of the State
• Active-duty military members