The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office determines the cause and manner of death of persons who died suddenly, violently, or unexpectedly while in apparent good health within the geographic boundaries of the county and who fall under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner. (RCW Chapter 68.50)
The Medical Examiner's Office has independent authority and jurisdiction over medical investigations of deaths. It coordinates information with law enforcement, the prosecuting attorney, various health providers and agencies, and other members of the community.
Impartial scientific medicolegal death investigation provides answers to loved ones and to the community, benefits the public health, identifies and documents work-related hazards, and forms the basis for expert testimony an criminal and civil legal proceedings.