Coroner's Office

The Tipton County Coroner has authority over all unnatural, unattended, or Brad Nicholssuspicious deaths occurring within Tipton County.

The coroner’s chief responsibility is to determine the cause and manner of death in cases involving violence, casualty, unexplained or suspicious circumstances, or when the person has been found dead. When notified of a death under any of these circumstances, the coroner must alert the local law enforcement agency. However, the vast majority of coroner investigations concern natural deaths, including situations in which there is no attending physician to sign the death certificate, sudden or unexpected deaths, or cases involving alcohol or other drugs of abuse. (For a complete description of the duties of coroners in Indiana, see Indiana Code 36-2-14.)

The Tipton County Coroner strives to investigate all deaths in a professional manner. The types of cases the coroner investigates are: 

  • Homicides
  • Suicides
  • Crashes
  • Death by natural causes
  • Inmate deaths or cases in which cause of death originated while deceased was incarcerated
  • Deaths caused by diseases that may be public health threats
  • Deaths of people whose bodies are to be cremated, buried at sea, transported out of state, or otherwise unavailable for pathological study
  • Deaths of transplant surgery donors that are the result of some type of trauma