ORS 146.085¹
Medical-legal death investigators

(1) The district medical examiner shall appoint, subject to the approval of the district attorney and applicable civil service regulations, qualified medical-legal death investigators, including the sheriff or a deputy sheriff and a member of the Oregon State Police for each county. Other peace officers may also be appointed as medical-legal death investigators.

(2) The district medical examiner and the district attorney shall establish qualifications for medical-legal death investigators.

(3) Each medical-legal death investigator shall be individually appointed and the name of the medical-legal death investigator shall be on file in the office of the district medical examiner.

(4) A medical-legal death investigator shall investigate deaths subject to the control and direction of the district medical examiner or the district attorney.

(5) A medical-legal death investigator may authorize the removal of the body of a deceased person from the apparent place of death.

(6) The medical-legal death investigator may not authorize embalming, order a post-mortem examination or autopsy, or certify the cause and manner of death. [1973 c.408 §11; 2017 c.151 §11]

Chapter 146

Law Review Cita­tions

10 WLJ 2-10 (1973)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 146—Investigations of Deaths, Injuries and Missing Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors146.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 146, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano146.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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