The primary responsibility of the Lee County Coroner’s Office is to determine and certify the cause and manner of death of those who have died in Lee County or in instances which the events related to a person's death originated in Lee County.
The coroner and all appointed staff have authority granted by Code of Alabama, 1975, § 11-5-1, et seq.; § 45-41-6; et al.
The Coroner and/or a Deputy Coroner are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Lee County Coroner’s Office investigates all sudden and unexpected deaths, especially those that occur under violent or suspicious circumstances.
The following examples are a just a few of the many different types of deaths that may be investigated by the Lee County Coroner’s Office:
The decision to order an autopsy is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with our Law Enforcement Partners and the Lee County District Attorney based upon the circumstances of the death.
Not all death investigations result in an Autopsy being performed.
When needed autopsies are performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Montgomery Medical Facility.
In cases where we will not be performing an autopsy, individual's or family's wishing to have a private autoposy performed can find a list of providers here
Autopsy and/or case report(s) cannot be issued until the ADFS case is complete and all pending criminal investigations are complete. Once all investigations and criminal matters are complete reports may be obtained from ADFS by visiting their website.
Death Certificates can only be obtained through your funeral home or the Alabama Department of Public Health. Please visit ADPH Vital Records website for more information.
By Alabama law, death certificates are confidential records with restricted access for 25 years from the date of death. Death certificates more than 25 years old may be obtained by anyone upon payment of the proper fee.
Death certificates less than 25 years old may be obtained by the following persons, upon payment of the proper fee:
The Lee County Coroner's Office business hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm central time. Our business office is closed on all local, state, and federal holidays.
Our office responds to death calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If an autopsy or medical records are not required the Coroner’s Office may release directly to the funeral home of your choice.
If an autopsy or additional investigation is required then the release will occur upon completion of the autopsy and/or investigation.
Typically Death Certificates are completed within 24 hours of being sent to our office for signature from the funeral home.
If medical records have been requested then the Death Certificate will not be signed until the Coroner receives, reviews, and determines the cause of death.
If an autopsy has been requested then the Death Certificate will be completed once we receive the report on the autopsy from ADFS.
Unfortunately, the Coroner's Office has no way to print a death certificate. You will need to contact your funeral home or any health department in the State of Alabama.
Unfortunately, every case is different. Typically reports come back in about 90 days, however it could be longer or shorter depending on the specifics of each case
It would be a unethical for anyone associated with the Coroner's Office to recommend a specific funeral home. Thankfully, there are many fine funeral homes and cremation services in our area that can be found using google or another web search engine.
Unfortunately, the state does not have an indigent burial program. If you have questions about the final disposition of a loved one please contact the Coroner's Office as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the Coroner’s Office is not designed to handle visitations or viewings. Arrangements for viewing at the funeral home should be made with the funeral director.
When we have opening, all of our available positions are posted on the Lee County Human Resources Page.
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