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About the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office

The mission of the MCMEO is to provide timely death investigation and postmortem examination services for deaths that occur within the geographical boundaries of Mohave County that respect the dignity of the deceased and their families.  

Mohave County is the fifth largest county in the United States covering 13,470 square miles.  In order to provide timely services, MCMEO has divided the County into four regions: Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City, and the northern area covering the Colorado City area.  Each of these regions is covered by Regional Investigators who reside in that area of the County to facilitate rapid response.

Serving Mohave County, Arizona

Mohave County is geographically the second largest in the state. Most of it is classified as desert, but of its 13,470 square miles, 158 square miles are water. The county boasts 1,000 miles of shoreline and is a great water sports center. It also has the longest stretch of historic Route 66. The Colorado River and two manmade lakes, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, play an important role in the growth of Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City. Each of the regions are covered by a Regional Investigator who reside in that area of the County to facilitate rapid response.

The mighty Colorado River

Mohave County, at the time of its creation by Arizona’s first Territorial Assembly in 1864, actually included portions of present day Nevada. In 1865, the northern portion of Mohave County was split off as Pah-Ute County. And in 1867, parts of both counties – including the present site of Las Vegas – were attached to Nevada, which had become a state in 1864. The much reduced Pah-Ute County was merged with Mohave County in 1871. Today, most of the historic sites of “Arizona’s Lost County” are covered by the waters of Lake Mead.

Need a Medical Examiner’s Report?

How can I get a copy of the Medical Examiner’s Report for my loved one?

Medical examiner reports are available upon receipt by the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office of a Medical Examiner’s Report Request Form and applicable fees.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all deaths need to be reported to the Medical Examiner?

Arizona law (A.R.S. § 11-593) requires the following deaths be reported to the Medical Examiner:

  • Death when not under the current care of a health care provider (see section 36-301)
  • Death resulting from violence.
  • Unexpected or unexplained death. 
  • Death of a person in a custodial agency as defined in section 13-4401.
  • Unexpected or unexplained death of an infant or child.
  • Death occurring in a suspicious, unusual or nonnatural manner, including death from an accident believed to be related to the deceased person’s occupation or employment.
  • Death occurring as a result of anesthetic or surgical procedure.
  • Death suspected to be caused by a previously unreported or undiagnosed disease that constitutes a threat to public safety.
  • Death involving unidentified bodies. 
How can I get a copy of a death certificate?

For deaths which occurred in Arizona, death certificates are available through the Mohave County Department of Public Health.  For more information visit https://www.mohavecounty.us/ContentPage.aspx?id=127&cid=569

What can I do if my loved one is missing?

The MCMEO provides information on unidentified persons to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).  The NamUs website (http://namus.gov/) has information on missing and unidentified persons from throughout the nation.  

 

Do you allow viewings?

Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office does not allow viewings at our facility. Pursuant to A.R.S §11-597.01 (Abby’s Law), in situations where an immediate family member questions the identification or otherwise wishes to assist in the identification process, that person may request an “Identification Meeting”.  The request for an identification meeting must be made in writing to the by an immediate family member. “Immediate family member” is defined in §11-597.01 as a person 18 years of age or older who is the decedent’s:
– Spouse
– Child
– Parent
– Grandparent
– Grandchild
– Sibling
– Legal guardian
 

The request may be delivered via mail, in person during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday), or faxed to 928-505-5889.
 

For additional information please call 928-505-5888. Note: only a photograph for identification can be provided; we do not allow physical viewings.