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Medicolegal Death Investigator

Office of the Medical Examiner, Memphis, Tennessee

Salary: $21.58 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the direction of the Chief Death Investigator, this position assists with investigating deaths reported to the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, Office of the Medical Examiner. Seeks, gathers, and documents pertinent circumstantial, historical, and other medicolegal data. Collaborates with the Medical Examiner to identify the decedent, determine the cause and manner of death, preserve evidence, and anticipate future questions.

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  • Travels to attain death reports from various institutions and/or counties.
  • Submits written documentation of reports and enters relevant demographic, timeline, and investigative information into computer systems.
  • Determines Medical Examiner jurisdiction and presents case work to Forensic Pathologists and Director of Investigations.
  • Responds to the death/injury scene or body location. Inspects and documents by means of notes, diagrams, sketches, and photography the appearance and condition of the locale, body, and other pertinent objects on or near or associated with the body.
  • Conducts a brief body examination.
  • Interviews law enforcement, witnesses, and family members on the scene.
  • Requests blood samples; works with physicians on Medical Examiner jurisdiction and death certificate signatures, and follows-up on cases to ensure all investigative information is attained.
  • Assists families with identifying the body of the deceased; maintains contact with families; assists families with disposition arrangements; and performs sudden unexplained infant death investigations, as necessary.
  • Requests and maintains necessary medical records.
  • Determines cause of death. Submits necessary paperwork. Ensures the correct location for the deceased’s remains
  • Assists with the review and request of death certificates.
  • Checks fingerprint records, attains dental records, ensures deceased’s identification, conducts and submits DNA swabs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
  • Two (2) years acceptable and proven experience in death investigation; law enforcement; and/or Licensed Paramedic/EMT;
  • OR
  • A combination of related education and work experience to equal ten (10) years of related experience.
  • Certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators is required within one (1) year of hire date. (Master’s degree in forensic science, biology, or closely related field preferred). (Diplomate or fellow certification with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators preferred).
  • Knowledge of laws and standards of medico legal investigation, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and forensic pathology.
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations affecting the operation of the Medical Examiner's Office; Knowledge of company policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of customer service and telephone etiquette;
  • Knowledge of safety procedures; Knowledge of the rules of evidence and court procedures.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to draw logical conclusions and exercise independent judgement.
  • Ability to operate a smartphone and fax machine/copier/scanner.
  • Ability to show empathy when working with grieving family members, showing compassion and patience at all times.
  • Certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators is required within one (1) year of hire date.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Work is generally performed in a clinical setting or exam room.
  • osition will occasionally be exposed to environmental elements such as; heat, rain, or cold when conducting on-site crime scene investigations.
  • Position will also be exposed to biohazards and chemicals necessary for the autopsy procedures during the pre and post-mortem process.
  • Must be available to work evenings, overnight, weekends, holidays, and administrative closing shifts, as scheduled.

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Posted: November 13, 2019

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