Reporting a Death
Deaths can be reported to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays. To report a death, please contact our Investigations section at (210) 335-4011.
Below is a summary of which deaths occurring in Bexar County must be reported to the Medical Examiner’s Office per the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures, Chapter 49.25 Inquests on Dead Bodies:
After a death is reported to the BCMEO, the BCMEO will determine whether or not the death falls under its jurisdiction. It is important to understand that just because a death needs to be reported does not mean the BCMEO will take jurisdiction and possession of the body. In cases of natural deaths, the BCMEO will often release certification of the death certificate to the attending physician, primary physician, associate physician, or other applicable medical officers to certify the death certificate per Texas Health and Safety Code 193 Death Records.
It is also important to understand that just because the Medical Examiner’s Office does take jurisdiction of a death investigation, it does not mean an autopsy will occur as autopsies are not always required to determine the cause and manner of death.