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The duty of the elected coroner is to conduct comprehensive investigations of all unattended deaths in the county. The coroner complies with statutory reporting requirements by establishing manner of death, providing scene investigation and identification of the deceased, notification of next of kin and death certificate preparation.


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9/23/2014 - Investigation into skeletal remains found in Vail and Edwards points to ranch burial
An investigation into human skeletal remains found in Vail and Edwards have led the Eagle County Coroner’s Office to determine the bones are likely from ranch burial.... Read More




The Eagle County Coroner is a certified death investigator with the Colorado Coroner’s Association and a nationally certified medical investigator, level 3. There are also up to six deputy coroners serving the county at any given time. Please be aware that death certificates and autopsy reports can take 90 days or more to obtain depending on the circumstances surrounding death.

County Coroner
Kara Bettis

Deputy Coroners
Mikel Kerst, Chief Deputy Coroner
Ben Linscott
Scott Thompson
Matt Solomon
Shannon Bunnell
Joanne Richardson