When to report a death?

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

•    Homicide

•    Suicide

•    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

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1. What should I do following the loss of a loved one?
2. When to report a death?
3. Does every death involve the Coroner's Office?
4. Does the Coroner's Office provide all death certificates?
5. Is the Coroner a physician?
6. Are there educational requirements for Coroners and Deputy Coroners?
7. What is the Coroner responsible for?
8. Can the cause and manner of death be kept confidential?
9. How long does it take to determine the cause of death?