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By statute, the Prosecuting Attorney also serves as the County Coroner in Lincoln County and is responsible for investigating and certifying the cause of death in those cases where death is sudden, unexpected, or the result of an accident or unlawful means. This work is accomplished by coordinating with the Sheriff, local doctors and medical staff, hospice workers, pathologists, regional medical examiners, investigators, and family members and next of kin.

In cooperation with local doctors, the Coroner does not assume jurisdiction in those cases where death is due to natural causes or disease and is anticipated.