How do I find out if someone died in Pennsylvania?
In addition to the aforementioned ways, you can obtain Pennsylvania Death Records online through public databases. To find out more, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at
What is a death statement?
A Death Statement contains the decedent’s name, county, and date of death.
What happens if cause of death unknown?
If the post mortem shows an unnatural cause of death, or if the cause of death is not found at the initial examination, the Coroner will open an investigation or inquest. They will also need to do this if the deceased died in custody or otherwise in the care of the State.
How do they determine cause of death without autopsy?
Medical examiners and coroners commonly determine cause and manner of death without an autopsy examination. The actual causes of death as determined by autopsy were then revealed and compared with the presumed causes of death. Most presumed and actual causes of death were cardiovascular (94% and 80%, respectively).
How often is cause of death unknown?
Approximately 5% of cases reportedly remain unknown after a complete autopsy. With this in mind, we sought to examine the frequency of deaths in which both the cause and manner are unknown after complete forensic examination and autopsy.
Who determines if an autopsy is needed?
An autopsy may be ordered by the coroner or medical examiner to determine the cause or manner of death, or to recover potential evidence such as a bullet or alcohol content in the blood. Policy varies across the United States but typically unwitnessed, tragic, or suspicious deaths require an autopsy.