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Scope of Services

The primary purpose of the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center is to investigate sudden, violent, unexpected, and suspicious deaths in Shelby County and surrounding areas.

Under the jurisdiction of the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, deaths investigated are not limited to the following circumstances:

  • Accidental
  • Homicidal
  • Suicidal
  • Sudden
  • Occupational
  • Deaths while confined 

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center provides vital information that requested by the family of the deceased, Public Health Department, law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office and many other agencies.

Comprehensive investigations include selected death scene visits, postmortem examinations and/or autopsy with photographic and narrative documentation of various medical evidence, toxicology and serology, x-rays, and consultation in anthropology, odontology, or other specialties as needed.

Current Counties Served

  • Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer, Lake, Obion, Weakley, Gibson, Crockett, Haywood, Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin.
  • We also work with MS, AR, MO, and KY Coroners on cases originating their jurisdictions.

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Last Published: Mar 12, 2021