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2012 Statistical Information
2012 Annual Statistics
The total number of deaths reported to the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office in 2012 was 1,834. This represents 32% of the estimated 5,801 deaths that occurred in Pierce County in 2012. Each reported case received basic investigative review including review by a forensic pathologist. Jurisdiction was declined in 712 cases. Jurisdiction was assumed in the remaining 1,122 cases and further investigation was conducted. Postmortem examinations by forensic pathologists (autopsies and external examinations, including non-human remains) were conducted in 718 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
Presumed
Male
Female
Accident Drug
93
78
6
9
0
0
59
34
Accident Fall
102
10
3
89
0
0
47
55
Accident General
59
43
6
10
0 0
41
18
Accident Industrial
2
1
0
1
  0
0
2
0
Accident Traffic
49
35
9
5
0
0
36
13
Homicide
50
48
0
1
0
1
40
10
Jurisdiction Declined
712
0
0
0
712
0
395
317
Natural
589
251
59
55
224
0
378
211
Non-Human Remains
22
0
22
0
0
0
0
0
Suicide
142
122
12
5
2
1
103
39
Undetermined
7
5
1
0
1
0
5
2
Undetermined Infant
2
2
0
0
0
0
1
1
SIDS
5
5
0
0
0
0
2
3
Totals
1,834
600
118
175
939
2
1,109
703

Other Statistical Information
  • 1 - Bodies unidentified after examination
  • 0 - Exhumations
  • 0 - Hospital autopsies performed under medical examiner jurisdiction
  • 0 - Partial autopsies
  • 2 - Correctional facility related death
  • 9 - Law enforcement related death
  • 47 - Unclaimed and indigent cases
  • 69 - Unclaimed bodies
  • 185 - Organ and tissue harvesting for donation
  • 649 - Scene visits by medical examiner or medical investigator
  • 677 - Cases where toxicology was performed
  • 724 - Bodies transported to the office