Stanislaus County Coroner's Facility
921 Oakdale Rd.
Modesto, CA 95355
To report a death only call 209-552-2468
We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Releases are only from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Not open to the public on the weekends or holidays.
The Coroner’s Office is a part of the Sheriff’s Department.
We are mandated by law to investigate certain deaths, as enumerated in California Government Code section 27491 and California Health and Safety Code section 10250, to determine cause and manner of death. These include many categories such as homicide, suicide and unexpected deaths.
The Coroner Division is an investigative unit responsible for carrying out the statutory duties of the Coroner. Those duties include investigation into the circumstances surrounding all deaths falling within the Coroner's jurisdiction for the purpose of determining the identity of the deceased, the medical cause of death, the manner of death, and the date and time of death. Medicolegal death investigations are conducted countywide on all homicides, suicides, accidents, suspicious and unexplained deaths. Other duties include notifying the next of kin, safeguarding personal property, collection of evidence, and completion of mandatory records and documents. The Division is also proactive in the community, participating in programs geared towards preventing drunk driving and drug use; identifying consumer products causing fatal injury; domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse; and providing educational services for medical, legal and law enforcement professionals. Other contributions to the community include cooperative relationships with non-profit organ and tissue procurement agencies to enhance the quality of life and save lives.
If it is determined that an autopsy, external examination or toxicology analysis is required to determine or confirm the cause and manner of death pursuant to California Government Code Section 27491, tissue(s)/organ(s)/body fluid(s) may be retained for analysis and/or evidentiary purposes pursuant to California Government Code Section 27491.4. Tissues/organs/body fluids retained at autopsy or as part of any coroner investigative procedure will be disposed of pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 7054.4
The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Facility mission is to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the community by providing the highest quality investigative and forensic services, with professionalism, respect, and concern for the community and the deceased.
In collaboration with our community partners, we will:
• Provide comprehensive and complete death investigations.
• Promote educational prevention programs in the community to prevent deaths.
• Provide open communication within the medical and legal community.
• Be innovative, responsive and dynamic as an organization and as individuals.
The Core Values that guide the actions and conduct of all members of the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Facility are:
Integrity: We are committed to the highest standards of trust, responsibility, moral conviction, and ethical conduct to which we are held accountable.
Excellence: We are committed to achieve the highest standards of performance and professional conduct.
Compassion: We are committed to recognizing and responding with sincerity to the needs, concerns, and fears of those experiencing loss.