Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What types of deaths are investigated by the Office of the Chief
The types of deaths investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are listed in Title 29, Section
4706 of the Delaware Code:
"When any person shall die in this State, as a result of violence, by suicide
or by casualty if such occurred not longer than 1 year and 1 day prior to death, while under anesthesia,
by abortion or suspected abortion, by poison or suspicion of poison or suddenly when in apparent health
or when unattended by a physician or in any prison or penal institution or when in police custody or from
a disease resulting from employment including disease related to injury or from an undiagnosed cause which
may be related to a disease constituting a threat to public health or in any suspicious or unusual manner
or if there is any unclaimed body or if any body is to be cremated, it shall be the duty of the person
having knowledge of such death or of the person issuing a permit for cremation under Section 3162 of Title
16 immediately to notify the Chief Medical Examiner, an Assistant Medical Examiner or a Deputy Medical
Examiner, as the case may be, who in turn shall notify the Attorney General of the known facts concerning
the time, place, manner and circumstances of such death. Any person who shall willfully neglect or refuse
to report such death or who shall refuse to make available prior medical or other information pertinent
to the death investigation or who, without an order from the office of the Chief Medical Examiner, shall
willfully touch, remove or disturb the clothing or any article upon or near the body shall upon conviction
be subject to imprisonment for not more than 1 year or pay a fine of not more than $1,000, or both."
- How do I obtain a death certificate?
Individual death certificates can be obtained from the Office of
- Can I do a student internship at the Office of the Chief Medical
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is not a teaching facility but occasionally allows student volunteers
with a demonstrated interest in the forensic sciences to perform college or graduate level internships.
To be considered for a student internship a cover letter, resume and unofficial school transcript(s) should
be sent to:
Richard T. Callery, M.D., F.C.A.P.
Chief Medical Examiner
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
200 South Adams Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
The cover letter must indicate the dates for which you would like to intern.
- How can I obtain a copy of an examination report?
For a copy of an examination report you need to send a request in writing. Include the
name of the deceased, their date of death, your name, and the address where you would like the report
sent. Also include your relationship to the decedent. Send the request to:
200 S. Adams Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
- Is there a fee for copies of examination reports?
No. The Medical Examiner's Office does not charge for copies of our postmortem examination
or toxicology reports.
Friday January 16 2009