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2010 Statistical Information
2010 Annual Statistics
The total number of deaths reported to the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office in 2010 was 1,734. This represents 30% of the estimated 5,828 deaths that occurred in Pierce County in 2010. Each reported case received basic investigative review including review by a forensic pathologist. Jurisdiction was declined in 791 cases. Jurisdiction was assumed in the remaining 943 cases and further investigation was conducted. Postmortem examinations by forensic pathologists (autopsies and external examinations, including non-human remains) were conducted in 624 cases. The pathologists were able to certify the remaining cases following investigation and medical history review. The determination of manner of death is made by the medical examiner for death certification purposes based on the preponderance of available evidence.

Manner of Death
Total
Autopsy
External
Exam
Medical
History
Private
Signer
Military Case
Male
Female
Accident Drug
99
92
3 3
0
1
59
40
Accident Fall
107
13 5
89
0
0
52
55
Accident General
39
23
11
5
0 0
27
12
Accident Industrial
1
1
0
0
0
0
1 0
Accident Traffic
59
32
17
10
0
0
46
13
Homicide
33
33
0
0
0
0
22
11
Jurisdiction Declined
791
0
0
0
791
0
445
345
Natural
409
182
32
81
113
1 268
138
Non-Human Remains
36
0
36
0
0
0
0
0
Suicide
127
97
23
3
0
4
95
32
Undetermined
27
16
2
9
0
0
10
1
Undetermined Infant
6
6
0
0
0
0
5
1
Totals
1,734
495
129
200
904
6 1,030
658

Other Statistical Information
  • 0 - Bodies unidentified after examination
  • 0 - Exhumations
  • 0 - Hospital autopsies performed under medical examiner jurisdiction
  • 0 - Partial autopsies
  • 8 - Correctional facility related death
  • 7 - Law enforcement related death
  • 54 - Unclaimed and indigent cases
  • 72 - Unclaimed bodies
  • 50 - Organ and tissue harvesting for donation
  • 500 - Scene visits by medical examiner or medical investigator
  • 539 - Cases where toxicology was performed
  • 622 - Bodies transported to the office