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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Death Investigations

YearTotal Death
Investigations
Natural
Deaths
Motor Vehicle
Deaths
SuicidesAccidental
Deaths
UndeterminedHomicidesR.T.M.P.*Inquests
Held
Autopsies
19841,583627827948061073122988
19851,6716317976301306836208107
19861,7796436271650707924227106
19871,95970567534604051,079188128
19882,32376064615206101,370209108
19892,38787265775709051,302230122
19902,4941,00748466209101,312196141
19912,6111,01567675803211,380232130
19922,6931,07845555408111,444177141
19932,8211,08761565907161,535222182
19942,9241,09370645913081,617240210
19953,2111,18560704805231,820226228
19963,3212,15962586307071,865214244
19973,2491,21958506306071,837197247
19983,4101,22257615707101,984202273
19993,7191,16657678606122,305241282
20003,6351,15352529506052,261217285
20013,7731,17572739001102,338265307
20023,7601,13254629803122,387248282
20033,8761,262706512202092,338287320
20043,8201,193596410906152,359263271
20053,9871,19468739701132,530243262
20063,9811,092547210602112,641249240
20073,9291,074477813101112,57800292
20084,2081,065338214600062,86800253
20094,0671,060216912000142,77200226
20104,2241,011299412500182,94200254
20114,5111,030318813200093,21000247
20124,3631,154307912600132,95001243
20134,726832397614800103,59400241
20144,876385238217501134,18200181
20155,055427368420103104,28100240
20165,296362479821409054,52900331
20174,969332407920807144,27200321
 

* Return to Medical Profession for issuance of Medical Death Certificate/Coroner's investigation only and/or Cremation Permit was issued.

** Year to date

Remarks:

  1. Undetermined manner is where the Coroner's jury at the inquest could not clearly determine the manner of death (either insufficient evidence was available or they were indecisive.
  2. Many cases are reportable to the Coroner pursuant to the State law based on a number of categories. However, after conducting a preliminary investigation, the cause of death is determined to be natural and the attending physician had seen the deceased within the last fourteen days, the case is then returned to the doctor to issue a medical certificate of death as opposed to a Coroner's certificate of death. There are limited exceptions.
  3. Autopsies are only ordered by the Coroner's office when the cause of death is unknown or for criminal type cases (such as homicides).  Autopsies are not performed unnecessarily as the cost of such is paid by the taxpayer.