Due to a sustained increase in our case load, the current average time for a Medical Examiner's case to close, or for causes to be determined on a pending case is 4 to 6 months. For more information, please click here

Department of the Medical Examiner

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Welcome to the web pages of the San Diego County Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner Office is centrally located in Kearny Mesa in the County Operations Center. We are a full service agency, performing all of our investigations, toxicology, and forensic pathology in house. In the following pages, we hope you will find useful information about the services, education and research efforts of the Medical Examiner’s Office as well as collected data on our cases and important links.   


Reports and Statistics

Check out our reports, which include annual statistics going back to 2000 as well as quarterly reports beginning in 2018. Our data is also available going back to 1997 on the County of San Diego open data portal

Information for Families

Find out what to expect if you've experienced the loss of a loved one and our office has become involved.

Obtaining copies of death certificates and reports.

Learn the steps necessary to obtain copies of the death certificate and reports from our office. Also, information regarding "pending" causes of death can be found here.

Press Information

View an actively updated list of selected cases in the County

Bereavement Center

Our Bereavement Center can offer help for families in the difficult times following the loss of a loved one. 


A map and address for our Department