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

Scene Investigation

The office is composed of one Chief Forensic Investigator, and four Forensic Investigators for a total of five. Once the office is notified of a death, the investigator makes the determination if it falls under the jurisdiction of the office.  If it does the forensic investigator will respond to the scene. Depending on the scene type the Medical Examiner themselves will accompany the investigator. 

During the investigation process the forensic investigator will gather as much information as possible leading to the circumstances of the death.  A complete scene investigation comprised of photographs, observation of surroundings, collaborating with law enforcement, interviewing witnesses, obtaining medical history, and any other means deemed necessary to conduct a thorough investigation are conducted.  When the scene is cleared, the decedent is transported to our office where either an autopsy or external examination will be performed. Once this process has been completed, which typically takes 24-48 hours the decedent’s remains will be transferred to a funeral home of the family’s choice. The forensic investigator and medical examiner will continue to gather the information through testing, records, speaking with family, and other means necessary to complete the case.