Location: Ankeny   Company name: Iowa Department of Public Health   Job type: full-time

Medicolegal Death Investigator

Monitors and performs thorough and competent medical legal death investigations by verifying/completing death investigation forms, entering information accurately and thoroughly into the state medical examiner case management application, confirming and documenting decedent identification, preparing detailed reports analyzing the circumstances of death and pertinent information regarding the deceased, acquiring follow up investigative information, and complete any follow-up reports or report addendums as required by the Forensic Pathologist.

Communicates and works closely with local, state, and federal investigative agencies, and County Medical Examiners/Investigators acquiring death investigation information and providing consultation regarding death investigation procedures. Obtains medical records, law enforcement records, EMS records, dental records, or other records needed for medicolegal death investigation, recording requisition and receipt of records in a timely manner following Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner procedures, Iowa Code, and Administrative Rules.

Locates/communicates with next-of-kin or legal representatives of death, or those closely affected at the death scene, acquiring and documenting decedent identification information, responds to inquiries from family members of the deceased, investigative agencies, funeral directors, the media and the general public; helps facilitate organ and tissue donation in applicable case.

Notified/communicates with funeral directors regarding decedent release times, delays, or other pertinent information needed for planning funeral services.

Maintains proper documentation and chain of custody of evidence, clothing, personal effects, and the deceased individuals, following office policies, procedures, and directives and accurately and timely recording evidence in the proper medium (computer/forms). May perform major case prints.

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