The Coroner's Office is a statutory office, which investigates all sudden, unexpected, and/or unattended deaths in Ouray County, including within the municipalities of Ouray and Ridgway.
The Coroner's duties include:
Identification of the deceased;
Notification to the family;
Determination of how, when and by what means the person met their death
Determination of whether the death was natural, accidental, homicidal, or suicidal.
The Ouray County Coroner works with law enforcement and medical professionals and emergency services personnel; however, the County Coroner is the only investigator who works exclusively for the deceased and their family to obtain the truth about their death. The County Coroner is an elected position.