The Coroner of Ouray County is an elected official who serves the residents of Ouray County. The Office of the Coroner is mandated by the Constitution with additional requirements required by the Colorado Revised Statutes and is a separate and independent organization which, through its Office of Medical Investigations, will conduct an investigation of all sudden, unexpected, suspicious and/or violent deaths as required by the Colorado Revised Statutes.
The mission of the Ouray County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigations is to provide the residents of Ouray with continuous, competent, and compassionate service, in addition to disaster preparation, in a fiscally responsible manner. Residents who may have family members fall as victims of a sudden incident, unattended, violent or suspicious death are provided the best death investigations available in order to present a correct and appropriate cause and manner of death as well as personal family support following the loss of a loved one.
It is therefore the duty and responsibility of the Ouray County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigations to conduct a comprehensive investigation making all proper inquiries of all deaths falling under the statutory authority of that office. The main function of the Ouray County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigations is to determine the cause and manner for each death investigated and to treat each death investigation with respect, dignity, and kindness. While the sudden death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional time, the Ouray County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigations will strive to assist family members with any concerns or questions and to aid them with the grieving process in a timely, professional and courteous manner. Our regular office hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding legal holidays. The coroner and/or a deputy coroner are on duty for death investigations and emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Ouray County Coroner works with law enforcement and medical professionals and emergency services personnel; however, the County Coroner is the only investigator who works exclusively for the deceased and their family to obtain the truth about their death. The County Coroner is an elected position.
Deputy Coroners are Tammy Stroup, Susie Mayfield, Colleen Hollenbeck