Prior to 2008, all medicolegal death investigations in the state of Mississippi were conducted by county medical examiner investigators. In 2011, the Mississippi State Legislature re-established the State Medical Examiner’s Office and replaced the county coroner system with a statewide mixed coroner/State Medical Examiner system (see Miss. Code Ann. § 41-61-51 through § 41-61-79). Headed by Dr. Staci Turner, Interim Chief Medical Examiner and Forensic Pathologist, the SMEO is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death for all reportable deaths requiring investigation, including homicides, suicides, accidents, child deaths, in-custody deaths, workplace deaths, and unexplained deaths.
State Medical Examiner’s Office
215 Allen Stuart Drive
Pearl, MS 39208
Map and Directions
GPS Coordinates: 32.2430° N 90.0876° W
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday