CoronerThe Office of the Portage County Coroner investigates deaths when a person dies suddenly or unexpectedly while in apparent good health, or when a death appears to be suspicious or unusual. In addition the Coroner’s Office investigates all accidents, suicides and homicides, and any child that dies who is two years of age or younger. All medical investigations are conducted by the coroner’s staff including the oversight of all autopsy services, which are performed by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office or the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office.

In 2017, the Portage County Coroner’s Office received 336 reported deaths. Of those reported deaths, 119 were defined as coroner cases and were identified as follows:

40 % Natural
45% Accidents
11% Suicides
4% Homicides
0 % Undetermined

Number of Cases: 119

Average age: 46
Youngest decedent: 10 weeks
Oldest decedent: 94
Number of males: 83
Number of females: 36

Caucasians: 112
African-Americans: 6
Asian Americans: 1

Alcohol or drugs detected: 64

Chief Investigator’s cellphone: 330-352-8947

All coroner case files kept on site. Complete coroner case records begin at 1965. Statistics are available starting in 1965. Contact the office administrator for further information at 330-297-3444 or E-mail

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Dr. Dean DePerro Coroner