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Reporting a Death

If you need to report a death to our office or want to inquire if a death falls under our jurisdiction, please call the central office number (801-816-3850) and you will be connected with an investigator. Deaths that fall under our jurisdiction are dictated by the Medical Examiner’s Act and are as follows:

26-4-7. Custody by Medical Examiner

Upon notification under Section 26-4-8 or investigation by the medical examiner’s office, the medical examiner shall assume custody of a deceased body if it appears that death was:

  1. by violence, gunshot, suicide, or accident (including all motor vehicle deaths);
  2. sudden death while in apparent good health;
  3. unattended deaths, except that an autopsy may only be performed in accordance with the provisions of Subsection 26-4-9(3);
  4. under suspicious or unusual circumstances;
  5. resulting from poisoning or overdose of drugs;
  6. resulting from diseases that may constitute a threat to the public health;
  7. resulting from disease, injury, toxic effect, or unusual exertion incurred within the scope of the decedent’s employment;
  8.  due to sudden infant death syndrome;
  9. resulting while the decedent was in prison, jail, police custody, the state hospital, or in a detention or medical facility operated for the treatment of persons with a mental illness, persons who are emotionally disturbed, or delinquent persons;
  10. associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; or
  11. described in this section when request is made to assume custody by a county or district attorney or law enforcement agency in connection with a potential homicide investigation or prosecution.

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