Medical Examiner's Office
Vonnice L. Joels, D-ABMDI, Medical Investigator
Jazmyne C. Cortes, MSFS, D-ABMDI, Medical Investigator
The Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office is authorized to investigate deaths that fall under New York State County Law, Article 17A, Section 670. Our goal is to provide answers for those affected by sudden and traumatic loss, and help improve the public health, safety and well-being of our residents.
Once Medical Examiner jurisdiction is established, it is our responsibility to determine the cause and manner of death, produce an autopsy report, and issue a death certificate. The cause of death is the disease process or injury that results in the person’s death. The manner of death indicates how the death occurred and includes designations of accident, homicide, natural, suicide, or undetermined.
Deaths that should be reported to the Medical Examiner's Office:
Pursuant to New York State County Law, Article 17A, Section 673, the medical examiner has jurisdiction and authority to investigate the death of every person dying within his/her county, or whose body is found within the county, which is or appears to be:
For more information please see our Medical Examiner's Office FAQ or call our office during normal business hours; Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.