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Mailing Address & Office Location:
212 Deming Way, Suite 2
Summerville, South Carolina 29483

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday – Friday

Phone: (843) 832-0351 or (843) 563-0351

After Hours Please Contact Dorchester County Dispatch: (843) 873-5111

Fax: (843) 832-0352 or (843) 563-0352




Brief Overview  

The Coroner’s office directs and implements the investigation of deaths in order to determine if a case is a natural, homicide, accidental, suicide or unexplained death.

The Coroner’s office investigates all suspicious and violent deaths as well as any deaths occurring at a hospital, nursing home or under Hospice care at a personal residence and any death occurring less than 24 hours after a patient is admitted to a hospital and all hospital emergency room deaths.

The Coroner’s office works with physicians, pathologists, medical and law enforcement personnel as necessary to determine causes of death. This includes independent judgment and discretion in making decisions regarding deaths including, but not limited to, determining when autopsies are performed, what toxicology to perform and utilize appropriate tools for the excavation and exhumation of death victims, as necessary.

The Coroner is responsible for seeing that all evidence is preserved and the personal belongings of the deceased are safeguarded and returned to the families.

The Coroner (or his designee) notifies relatives and loved ones of the death. The Coroner controls the releasing of names of the decedents to the media in order to protect the rights of the next-of-kin.

The Coroner’s office is tasked with completing various administrative tasks including death certificates, case reports, burial and removal permits, witness’ statements and inquiries from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).



2016 Statistics  

The statistics below represent the 2016 calendar year performance indicators for the Dorchester County Coroner's Office.

Natural Deaths Handled


Motor Vehicle Related Fatalities




Accidental Deaths






Number of Toxicologies Performed


Number of Autopsies Performed




Total Deaths




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Last updated: 6/19/2017 12:07:56 PM