Medical Examiner Program

The Washington County Medical Examiner Program consists of a staff of Medical-Legal Death Investigators who investigate all sudden or unexpected deaths within the jurisdiction of Washington County, in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute 146.090. Medical-Legal Death Investigators conduct these investigations in order to determine the identification of the deceased, establish the approximate date and time of death, the circumstances immediately surrounding the death, and the cause and manner of death. During the course of an investigation, a Medical-Legal Death Investigator may respond to the scene, interview witnesses, take photographs, obtain evidence and property, and assist with the notification of next-of-kin.

Should the circumstances warrant further examination, the State Medical Examiner or Deputy State Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist may order an autopsy which is performed at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s facility located in Clackamas, Oregon. 

Forms and Information


Support staff are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except on federal holidays. The Medical-Legal Death Investigators are available to meet by appointment only.

Contact Information

Washington County Department of Health and Human Services
Medical Examiner Program

155 North First Avenue, MS-5A
Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072
503-693-8996 (Fax)