In addition to traditional prosecutorial functions, the Oswego County District Attorney also serves as the Oswego County Coroner. The office employs deputy coroners who assist the DA in investigating certain types of deaths that occur within the county.
The Coroner’s office contracts with the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s office in Syracuse to perform post-mortem examinations (autopsies), including toxicology testing. Typically, it takes approximately two to three months for the medical examiner’s office to issue a final autopsy report.
The Coroner’s office may only provide a copy of the final autopsy report to the immediate next of kin and/or a legal representative for a decedent’s estate. All requests for a final autopsy report should be in writing and submitted by mail or by e-mail. If the request is being made by e-mail, please write “Request for Autopsy Report” in the subject line.
To to the extent permitted by circumstances, the Coroner’s office will make every attempt to honor a decedent’s wishes to become an organ or tissue donor or make an anatomical gift for medical research or training.