Office of the Coroner
Wes Stockwell- Coroner
Office telephone/messages: 360-427-9670 ext. 752
Physical address: 426 W. Cedar St., Shelton WA 98584
The coroner determines and certifies the cause and manner of death of individuals who die in Mason County under any of the following circumstances: deaths from any unnatural cause such as a gunshot, stabbing, drowning, overdose, hanging, automobile collision, or any other type of trauma or violence; sudden deaths when the deceased was in apparent good health and not under the care of a doctor, deaths that are suspicious or unexplained, unattended deaths, in-custody deaths, deaths from contagious diseases that pose a public health hazard, and deaths of individuals who are unclaimed.
Death investigations involve the gathering of information from several sources; observations made at the scene of death, interviews with relatives, friends, health care professionals, law enforcement personnel, and witnesses regarding the circumstances surrounding the death. Investigations often include autopsies performed by board certified forensic pathologists so that the cause and manner of death can be accurately certified.
See RCW 68.50 and RCW 36.24 for further information on the duties of the coroner.