Investigations of Deaths, Injuries and Missing Persons

ORS 146.090
Deaths requiring investigation


The medical examiner shall investigate and certify the cause and manner of all human deaths:


Apparently homicidal, suicidal or occurring under suspicious or unknown circumstances;


Resulting from the unlawful use of controlled substances or the use or abuse of chemicals or toxic agents;


Occurring while incarcerated in any jail, correction facility or in police custody;


Apparently accidental or following an injury;


By disease, injury or toxic agent during or arising from employment;


While not under the care of a physician during the period immediately previous to death;


Related to disease which might constitute a threat to the public health; or


In which a human body apparently has been disposed of in an offensive manner.


As used in this section, “offensive manner” means a manner offensive to the generally accepted standards of the community. [1973 c.408 §12; 1979 c.744 §4; 1985 c.207 §1]

See annotations under ORS 146.030 in permanent edition.

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Law Review Citations

10 WLJ 2-10 (1973)


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