Office of the Medical Examiner District 19 logo with State of Florida flag. Indian River Martin St. Lucie Okeechobee

PHONE

772-464-7378

FAX

772-464-2409

Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00am – 4:15pm

Address

2500 South 35th St., Building I
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

The Responsibility of the Medical Examiner’s Office 

The Office of the Medical Examiner, District 19 (OME-19) is a state mandated, accredited agency who is sworn to be the voice for the deceased and to determine cause and manner of death according to Florida Statute 406.11, Florida Administrative Code 11G-2.
  • By criminal abortion.
  • By poison.
  • By disease constituting a threat to public health.
  • By disease, injury, or toxic agent resulting from employment.
  • When a dead body is brought into the state without proper medical certification.
  • When a body is to be cremated, dissected, or buried at sea.
  • Of criminal violence.
  • By accident.
  • By suicide
  • Suddenly, when in apparent good health.
  • Unattended by a practicing physician or other recognized practitioner.
  • In any prison or penal institution.
  • In police custody.
  • In any suspicious or unusual circumstance
  • By criminal abortion.
  • By poison.
  • By disease constituting a threat to public health.
  • By disease, injury, or toxic agent resulting from employment.
  • When a dead body is brought into the state without proper medical certification.
  • When a body is to be cremated, dissected, or buried at sea.
  • Of criminal violence.
  • By accident.
  • By suicide
  • Suddenly, when in apparent good health.
  • Unattended by a practicing physician or other recognized practitioner.
  • In any prison or penal institution.
  • In police custody.
  • In any suspicious or unusual circumstance

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The primary mission of the Office of the Medical Examiner District 19 (OME-19) is to investigate the death of a human being (where the death occurred, or body was found, in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties) as outlined in FS 406.11.  OME-19 shall determine the cause of death and shall, for that purpose, make or have performed such examinations, investigations, and autopsies as he or she shall deem necessary or as shall be requested by the state attorney.   OME-19 will strive to complete this mission in a thorough, expeditious, diligent, and impartial manner.  All interactions with the decedents and their loved ones and families shall be conducted in the utmost courteous, dignified, and respectful way.  Mutual respect and courtesy will be given to all outside agencies which interact with the OME-19 such as law enforcement and funeral and cremation services.  

stethascope

for physicians

The Florida Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics offers a very informative tutorial for physicians, with step-by-step instructions of how to properly certify a death certificate.  

What the Practitioner Should Know About Certifying Cause of Death on the Florida Death Certificate

for LAW ENFORCEMENT

Forensic Investigators are on call 24/7, 365 days per year.  When reporting a death after normal business hours, call the main number 772-464-7378, and press option #2 to be transferred directly to the investigator on call.

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For Funeral Homes

Releases are done Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday releases require prior scheduling with our office Funeral home release forms once signed by the next of kin can be faxed to 772-464-2409 or emailed. Once the release is approved, a representative from our office will call to let the funeral home know the decedent is ready for release.  

forms

All Forms can be emailed to: medicalexaminerreports@stlucieco.org • Faxed to 772-464-2409 • 

Mailed to:
Office of the Medical Examiner, District 19
2500 South 35th Street, Building I
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981

Funeral home release

Autopsy Photo Request

autopsy report request

document release authorization