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Adams County Coroner

Adams County Coroner

About Us

The Coroner is elected every four (4) years by the voters and is directly responsible to the electorate.  
This position must be State Certified by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Coroners Education Board.


  • Investigate sudden, unexplained, violent, or suspicious deaths occurring in the County to determine:
  • Cause of death
  • Manner of death
  • Whether criminal activity was involved
  • Provide information regarding findings to the family of the deceased and investigating agencies
  • Protect the property of the deceased
  • Preserve the confidentiality of all information received

Contact Us

Office Hours:


Cremation Authorization

Email any requests for cremation authorizations to the following email cremationauth@adamscountypa.gov

Please allow 24 hours for processing. 

Coroner's Information

Services include information about deaths that occurred in Adams County and releases for cremation of those that die in Adams County.

Year End Stats for Total Field Investigations

Coroner's News

Awarded Accreditation 

The International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners announced that the Office of Adams County Coroner has received accreditation by the association.

International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners Accreditation

Board Certification

Francis Dutrow, Coroner of Adams County acquired his Board Certification.
Francis Dutrow, D-ABMDI, Adams County Coroner said,Our office is very proud of this certification as well as our national accreditation and feel the people of Adams County can be assured that our office is committed to conducting an accurate and compassionate investigation in making determinations into the cause and manner of death."