Medical Examiner

Medical Examiner
Sparrow Forensic Pathology Services
1215 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912
517-364-2561 (office)
24-hour autopsy referral line for medical examiners 1-888-436-7366

The Office of the Medical Examiner is mandated under State statute to investigate certain types of death. These deaths include sudden and unexpected deaths, accidental deaths and violent deaths. The Medical Examiner has the authority under Public Act 181 of 1953, as amended and the Michigan Public Health Code, Public Act 368 of 1978, to order an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Questions about autopsies and Medical Examiner services should be directed to Sparrow Forensic Pathology Services. For information about cases opened before March 1, 2011 contact the Health Department at 517-887-4311.

Certified Death Certificates are obtained from your funeral director or the Ingham County Clerk.

Medical Examiner Annual Reports 

2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report

Please note that reports are produced by Sparrow and contain information for several counties.