UPDATED 04-22-2020

In an effort to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community,
Saguache County government will have limited access to buildings 
beginning Monday, April 27, 2020. 

In an effort to move forward with our job duties, a decision was made
to begin integrating the public back into the county sector.  

Staff will be providing limited essential services via phone and online avenues.
In-person contact for receiving essential services will have limited restrictions during this time. 

These adjustments to county services and public access will be in place until further notice.


Coroner Home

Saguache County Coroner's Statutory Responsibilities

The Coroner’s Office is a statutory office, which is mandated to establish the cause and manner of death. The Cause of Death is the injury, disease, or combination of the two that was responsible for initiating the train of physiological disturbances (brief or prolonged), which produced the fatal termination. The Manner of Death refers to the circumstances in which the cause of death arose (suicide, natural causes, accident, and homicide). It is often a misconception that the responsibility of determining these vital questions lies with the law enforcement agency; however, this is the responsibility of the Coroner.

The types of deaths that are reported to the Coroner:

• No physician is in attendance.
• The attending physician was unable or unwilling to certify the cause of death.
• The attending physician has not been an actual attendance within 30 days prior to death.
• All cases in which trauma may be associated with the death; such as traffic accidents, gunshots, falls, etc. This includes inpatients who have sustained fractures at any time in the past.
• Deaths by poisoning, suspected poisoning, chemical or bacterial, industrial hazardous materials or radiation.
• All industrial accidents.
• Known or suspected suicides.
• Deaths due to contagious disease.
• Deaths due to self-induced or unexplained abortion.
• Operating room deaths and deaths that occurred during a medical procedure.
• All unexplained deaths (deaths that occurred in a healthy individual).
• Deaths that occurred within 24 hours of admission to a hospital or nursing care facility.
• Deaths in the custody of law enforcement.
• Deaths of persons in the care of a public institution.
The investigation of the death by the Coroner’s Office is an extremely important function as it is done by an independent agency who does not work for the law enforcement agency, the physician, the nursing home, the hospital, the prosecution or the defense, but works on behalf of the deceased to obtain the truth about their death.