The coroner provides death investigative services for deaths that occur in Rice County. All deaths that are sudden, unexpected or occur from anything other than natural causes must be reported to the coroner. The information gathered during a forensic death investigation and subsequent autopsy can be critical in civil or criminal court cases. The goal of the coroner's officer is to assist families, law enforcement agencies and the legal system by determining the cause and manner of death.
Rice County contracts with the Midwest Medical Examiners Office, 14341 Rhinestone St. NW, Ramsey, MN, 55303, for all medical examiner services.