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Welcome to the Kentucky Coroner's Association!


In order to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have provided information on how to contact coroners and find answers to frequently asked questions about our professional services. Coroners can also find information and sign up for training programs through the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

In Calendar Year 2012, according to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's coroners and deputy coroners conducted 9,912 death investigations across the Commonwealth. This represents a 10.7% increase in coroner investigations since 2009. As part of those investigations, coroners requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,402 of those cases, or 24.2% of all deaths. This compares Calendar Year 2011 with 9,282 death investigations and 2,378 autopsies, Calendar Year 2010 with 9,566 coroner death investigations and 2,452 autopsies, and Calendar Year 2009 with 8,953 coroner death investigations and 2,373 autopsies.

The death investigation system in Kentucky is a cooperative effort among and between county coroners' offices and the State Medical Examiner's Office. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, coroners and deputy coroners have the full power and authority of peace officers and they investigate the cause and manner of all deaths that are defined as coroner's cases by KRS 72.405.

Contacts for the Kentucky Coroner's Association:

Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Phone: (502) 839-5151
E-mail: blritchie66@yahoo.com

Dr. William H. Lee, Association President (2013-2014)
Hardin County Coroner
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Phone: (270) 723-3135

2014 Kentucky Coroner's Conference April 23-26,2014

The Kentucky Coroner's Association will be holding our Annual Conference April 23-26, 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Louisville Airport, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky. Please note this is a change from the Hurstbourne Lane location where we have been for several years.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the Conference attendees for $99.00 per night plus tax, as per the recent mailing. This is a reminder that the deadline to receive that rate is April 5th, so make your reservations now.

If you are attending the Conference for the annual training requirement remember to submit Form #29-1 with DOCJT in advance.

If you have questions please feel free to contact President Bill Lee, Executive Secretary/Treasurer Brian Ritchie, or David Jones.

Program Lineup:

KY-EDRS Electronic Death Registration Update
              Paul Royce, Deena Jones, Christina Stewart

Advancements in Medicolegal Death Investigation
              John Fudenberg, D-ABMDI, Asst. Director/Coroner
              Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner, Las Vegas, NV

KASPER Update for KY Coroners
               Jill E. Lee, R.Ph., Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices

Current Topics in KY Death Investigations
               Dr. Tracey Corey, KY State Chief Medical Examiner

Ethics for KY Coroners
               John R. Steffen, Executive Branch Ethics Commission

Why Child Fatality Review is important for your Community

                Melissa Curie. M.D., Sherry Rock, MPH

Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning
                Andrea Zaferes, V.P. of LIFEGUARD Systems

Decisions on Muhlenburg Fire Deaths
                Tony Armour, Dr. Greg Wanger, Dr. Bill Lee

Obtaining Dental Records for Positive I.D.
                 Corky Deaton, KY Forensic Odontologist

What happened to the 6,000 people who died in Typhoon Haian in the Philippines
                 David Jones, KY Medical Examiner/Coroner Consultant

Update on House Bill 1

Under HB 1, you are required, by statute, to report drug-related deaths to the KSP and Vital Statistics.

If your case has been examined by a Kentucky Medical Examiner, this is already done for you.

If you submit a toxicology sample without an autopsy being conducted, the State Chief Medical Examinerwill review all AIT toxicology reports. If that review indicates it may be a drug-related death, you will receive a request for a copy of the death certificate.

If you provide the State Medical Examiner with the death certificate, we will report the case for you. If we receive no response, you will be responsible for reporting the case to KSP and Vital Statistics.

2014 KY-EDRS Update

With the January 1, 2015 deadline approaching for all death certificates to be filed electronically, the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics is offering two-hour funeral facility training and medical certifier face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the use of KY-EDRS. The following training dates are currently scheduled: 

April  09,  2014             Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
May   14,  2014             Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
June  11, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
July   09,  2014             Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Aug.  13, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Sept. 10, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Oct.   08, 2014             Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Nov.  12, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Dec.  10, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT

We suggest not waiting until the last one or two classes in case those classes fill up. Training will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the CHR Building located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Ky. Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for participation, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face training sessions with OVS staff. Please call toll free 1 (866) 451-3781 to enroll.

As of December 2013, 50% of death certificates were filed using KY-EDRS.


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2013 Coroners Directory

Need to locate a coroner in Kentucky? Click the following link to view or

download the:

Coroners Master List 01392014


As issues may come up from time to time regarding coroners and KODA, some of our Coroners and Deputy Coroners may not be familiar with the specific KRS statutes that address the issue. You will find a link to the statute here at KRS Organ Donation Statute.  This will also be posted in the Forensic Library section

Last Updated 4/2/2014
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