Sierra County Sheriff's Office must investigate unexpected and unexplained deaths in order to identify and report on the cause, manner, and circumstance of death. We apply scientific investigative techniques and medical procedures, using integrity and compassion to serve families and public agencies impacted by sudden unexpected death.
The Sheriff-Coroner’s Office responds to all reported deaths in Sierra County to determine whether or not the death requires a Coroner’s Inquiry. Specified persons are required to notify the coroner of any death that occurred under circumstances defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 102850. After responding to a death investigation, the deputy coroner must determine whether or not the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Coroner.
Coroner’s Investigations are sensitive in nature and also very time intensive. Making a determination of the cause of death often requires an autopsy. Sierra County cannot support a full-time pathologist, so the Sheriff utilizes the services of the Placer County Coroner's Office to perform autopsies necessary to aid in the determination of cause of death.