State Medical Examiner Office
The State Medical Examiner Office is responsible for conducting
the medical/legal investigative work related to unanticipated, sudden
or violent deaths. This includes determining cause and manner of death,
providing consultation to law enforcement and the courts, and providing
information about non-lethal injuries to children specific to child
abuse and neglect. The State Medical Examiner’s Office conducts autopsies,
provides court testimony when necessary, and assists with the review
of all child deaths through the Child Fatality Review Team.
A Special Message to Family Members:
The State Medical Examiner Office is required by law to be
involved in the investigations described in this website. It is important
you realize our agency has made a commitment to you to assist in whatever
way we can during the difficult times following the death of your
loved one. Our primary mission is to provide you with accurate and
timely information about the conditions of death, in order for you
to understand what happened.
On behalf of the Alaska Medical Examiner's
Office, may we offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family during
this time. We hope the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section will answer some of the questions and concerns you may have.