Coroner - Frequently Asked Questions

It is necessary for me to come to the Coroner’s Office to identify the body?

No, in a majority of the cases, visual identification is not necessary to positively identify the deceased.

Why is an autopsy performed?

The Coroner authorizes an autopsy when one is needed to establish the cause and manner of death. Usually, an autopsy is not needed when the death is clearly from natural causes. Should an autopsy be necessary, the Coroner will certify a death certificate soon after the examination is complete.

Will autopsy reports be available?

Yes, the next of kin may obtain a copy by written request. This document and other Coroner records will be available after completion of the death investigation.

Will there be a charge for the Coroner service?


Where can I obtain a death certificate?

Death certificates are filed with the Fairfield County Health Department. Should you require certified copies, they can be ordered through the funeral home or they can be purchased from the Fairfield County Health Department at – Winnsboro, SC 29180.

Can I donate my relative’s organs and tissue?

South Carolina has a law that provides an opportunity for the next of kin to donate organs and tissues. Donation can dramatically improve, even save the lives of others. We are glad to assist you by contacting the appropriate agency for you so they can explain to you all options and benefits of donating. If you prefer, you may call the American Red Cross at 1-800-922-5986.