The Boone County Coroner's Office exists to provide the people of Boone County with a thorough investigation in the event of a death pursuant to the Illinois State Statute. The Coroner's Office is a law enforcement agency, which, as part of a system of checks and balances, investigates deaths that occur in the county elected. The investigation may include, but is not limited to, autopsy, toxicology tests, metabolic studies, X-rays, entomological studies, and personal, as well as psychiatric history. These procedures are done to determine the manner and  cause of death.

Coroner responsibilities include, but are not limited to :

  • Respond or dispatch Deputy Coroner to death scene
  • Conduct death investigation
  • Make death notification to next of kin
  • Determine necessity for autopsy
  • Coordinate transportation of deceased from death scene
  • Collect toxicological samples and submit for analysis
  • Coordinate and facilitate tissue and bone donation
  • Facilitate autopsy process
  • Issue Temporary Death Certificates
  • Issue Permanent Death Certificates
  • Facilitate burial of indigent
  • Issue Cremation Permits
  • Maintain records of all deaths reported
  • Maintain permanent record of all inquested cases
  • Maintain vital statistics related to all cases reported
  • Take charge of personal property of a deceased person until it can be released
  • Be prepared for any disaster situation
  • Be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Should you need the Coroner, please call the (815) 544-4470. If there is no one available, please call (815) 544-2144 and dispatch will contact the Coroner or a Deputy Coroner to assist you.

Contact Us

615 N. Main Street Phone #:  815-544-4470 Email the Coroner
Belvidere, IL 61008 Fax #:  815-547-7685 Hours: M-F 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.