The Erie County Coroner investigates any unnatural deaths that occur in Erie County in order to determine the cause of death. This includes accidents, suicides, homicides, overdose deaths, or any other death where the cause is undetermined.

The Coroner also provides autopsy and toxicology reports.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook, who was first elected to the position in 2000, has been working in the Coroner’s Office since 1982. Either Cook or one of his deputies is on call 24/7, ready to be summoned to the scene of a suspicious death.

In 2016, the Coroner’s Office staff was at the scene of 580 deaths in Erie County.

Did you know? The Erie County Coroner’s Office’s forensic pathologist conducts autopsies for not just Erie County but for 13 counties in northwestern Pennsylvania.

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