Coroner’s Office

The Coroner’s Office is responsible for investigating deaths in Lackawanna County.

Timothy Rowland, D-ABMDI, Lackawanna County Coroner

Coroner’s Office Info:


  1. Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4 PM
  2. Coroner Cases: All accidental deaths, suicide deaths, homicides, all deaths occurring at the hospital within 24 hours of admission, all emergency room deaths, all deaths not within a hospital (except hospice), all deaths where the deceased was not under a doctor’s care.
  3. Autopsies:The Coroner’s Office will make all final decisions if an autopsy will be performed. Final autopsy results will be sent to the Coroner’s Office in approximately 12weeks.
  4. Autopsies: Board Certified, Forensic Associates of NEPA perform all autopsies.
  5. Autopsy reports: Autopsy reports from 1992 until present are on file in the Coroner’s Office, reports prior to 1992 are not on file in this office therefore we would have to contact the office where reports are kept if needed. Next of kin may fax or send requests for a copy of an autopsy to this office, upon receiving the final report we will forward a copy to them, or they may come into the office, sign an autopsy release form and show ID. Private autopsies are non-Coroner autopsies; this office has no record of these cases.
  6. Autopsy Fee: There is a $100 fee for each autopsy report and a $50 fee for each toxicology report. The fees collected shall be accounted for and paid to the County Treasurer pursuant to section 1960 and shall be used to defray the expenses involved in the County complying with the provisions of the act of March 2, 1988 referred to as the Coroner’s Education Board Law.
  7. Cremation: Each death in Lackawanna County that will result in cremation must have permission from the Coroner. It is the responsibility of the funeral director handling the arrangements to contact this office for a CREMATION PERMIT. Cremation Permits will be faxed to either the crematory OR the funeral home once the funeral director has faxed this office all the necessary paperwork. There is a $35.00 fee for each cremation permit, check is to be made out to the Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office.
  8. Certificates: Copies of death certificates are not handled by the Coroner’s Office; inquirers must contact either the funeral home that handled the arrangements or the Bureau of Vital Statistics, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA. (570)-963-4595. The cost is $9 per copy.
  9. On Call Schedule: The Coroner is on call 24/7 for death calls that require immediate attention only. All requests for reports and information should be done during normal office hours.
  10. Media Calls: All newspaper, radio, news inquiries are to be referred to the Coroner on call. The Coroner will release all necessary information to the media when information becomes available. Coroner’s Office does not have information or conditions on hospitalized victims who may have been involved in cases the office is working on.
  11. Drug Death Statistic’s: overdosefreepa.pitt.edu

Forms


Lackawanna County Cremation Authorization Form


Administrative Contacts


Timothy D. Rowland, Coroner
Phone: 570-963-6100
Fax: 570-963-6665
E-mail: rowlandt@lackawannacounty.org

Jesse VanDeusen, Chief Deputy Coroner
Phone: 570-963-6100
Fax: 570-963-6665
E-mail: vandeusenJ@lackawannacounty.org

Louis Stefanelli, Deputy Coroner
Phone: 570-963-6100
Fax: 570-963-6665
E-mail: stefanellil@lackawanna county.org

Ann Berardelli, Secretary
Phone: 570-963-6100
Fax: 570-963-6665
E-mail: berardellia@lackawannacounty.org


Location


Northeast Forensic Center
1302 Madison Avenue
Dunmore, PA 18509