Medical Examiner Program

The Washington County Medical Examiner Program consists of a staff of medical-legal death investigators (MLDIs) who investigate all sudden or unexpected deaths within the jurisdiction of Washington County. MLDIs conduct these investigations to determine the identity 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, an MLDI may respond to the scene, interview witnesses, take photographs, obtain evidence and property, and assist with notifying the next-of-kin.

If further examination is needed, the State Medical Examiner or Deputy State Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist may order an autopsy. This is performed at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s facility in Clackamas, Oregon. 

Forms and Information

Contact Information

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

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)