The Medicolegal DeathInvestigator assists with the investigation of deaths reported to the WestTennessee Regional Forensic Center, Office of the Medical Examiner,particularly in regards to the seeking, gathering, and documentation ofpertinent circumstantial, historical, and other medicolegal data. This positionaids the Medical Examiner with identification of the decedent, determination ofcause and manner of death, preservation of evidence, and anticipated future questions.
Receives and responds to the initial report of a death or request for cremation.
Creates an office record with the preliminary information.
Seeks and gathers facts and additional data necessary to establish the Medical Examiner's jurisdiction.
Communicates and coordinates with the Medical Examiner, family members, employers, witnesses, and personnel from law enforcement, hospital, medical, civil, mortuary, insurance, and other fields.
Responds as appropriate to the death or injury scene or body location; Inspects and documents by means of notes, diagrams, sketches, and photography the appearance and condition of the locale, body, and other pertinent objects on or near or associated with the body.
Makes preliminary external examination of the body as appropriate with reference to identification of findings and factors related to time, place, manner, and cause of injury, disease, or death, and with reference to routine physical characteristic documentation and identity.
Obtains pertinent past and present medical, social, family, and other history from persons and sources associated with the decedent, including family, physicians, hospitals, coworkers, employers, and law enforcement agencies.
Prepares for collection and removal the body and any pertinent valuables or evidentiary materials, and removes or transports the body or materials to the appropriate location or facility.
Ensures the preservation and storage of evidentiary items and materials, available records, the body, and any associated clothing, valuables, or personal effects.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 171369
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