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Lycoming County Coroner's Office

Lycoming County Coroner's Office

The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office function is to investigate the circumstance, cause and manner of sudden or unexpected, medically unattended, suspicious and or violent deaths.  The Coroner is empowered to conduct an inquest and subpoena witnesses in deaths that may have resulted from criminal action or a negligent act.


The Coroner investigates all sudden, suspicious, violent, traumatic, criminal, unexplained and certain operative deaths. These investigations are conducted in order to expand the knowledge and understanding of mechanisms which result in death. The Coroner, having viewed the body, shall investigate the facts and circumstances concerning deaths which occurred within the county for the purpose of determining whether an autopsy is warranted or an inquest thereof shall be in the following cases:

  1. Sudden deaths not caused by readily recognizable disease or where the cause of death cannot be properly certified by a physician on the basis of prior or recent medical attendance;
  2. Deaths occurring under suspicious circumstances, including alcohol, drugs or other toxic substances may have had a direct bearing on the outcome;
  3. Deaths occurring as a result of violence or trauma, whether apparently homicidal, suicidal or accidental (including mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical or radiational injury, drowning, or industrial accidents);
  4. Any death in which trauma, chemical injury, drug overdose or reaction to drugs or medical treatment, was a primary or secondary, direct or indirect, contributory, aggravating or precipitating cause of death;
  5. Operative and peri-operative deaths in which the death is not readily explainable on the basis of prior diseases;
  6. Any death wherein the body is unidentified or unclaimed;
  7. Deaths known or suspected due to contagious disease and constituting a public hazard;
  8. Deaths occurring in prison, a penal institution, or while in the custody of the police;
  9. Deaths of persons whose bodies are to be cremated, buried at sea, or otherwise disposed of;
  10. Sudden infant death syndrome.

The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office Employs a full time Coroner and per diem staff including a Chief Deputy Coroner and six Deputy coroners with a wide variety of medical-legal expertise as Registered Nurses, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Law Enforcement Personnel and Forensic Dentistry. 

The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office services Lycoming County primarily and through mutual aid agreements responds to adjacent counties and state wide in the event of major disasters.

The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office provides educational programs to Fire, Police, EMS and the General Public as requested.  Programs include DUI Education, Highway Safety, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Crime Scene and Death Investigative Procedures and other programs as requested.

The Coroner’s Office is located on the fourth floor of the Executive Plaza building at the rear of the Lycoming County Courthouse at 48 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, Phone Number: 570-327-2305, Fax Number: 570-320-2152 or Email: ckiessling@lyc.orgEmergency Notification is through The Lycoming County Communication Center by calling 911 or 570-433-3166.  Forensic Services are handled through the Susquehanna Health System and the County of Lycoming Forensic Center located at the Williamsport Hospital, 777 Rural Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.


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