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Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office will investigate all deaths in Lafourche Parish. We have well trained investigators and work closely with all law enforcement agencies. 


Requirements for Reporting Deaths to the Office of Coroner
LA. R.S. 33:1563

Duty to hold autopsies, investigations, etc.

The coroner shall either view the body or make an investigation into the cause and manner of death in all cases involving the following:

Suspicious, unexpected, or unusual deaths.

Sudden or violent deaths.

Deaths due to unknown or obscure causes or in any unusual manner.

Bodies found dead.

Deaths without an attending physician within thirty-six hours prior to the hour of death.

Deaths due to suspected suicide or homicide.

Deaths in which poison is suspected.

Any death from natural causes occurring in a hospital under twenty-four hours admission unless seen by a physician in the last thirty-six hours.

Deaths following an injury or accident either old or recent.

Deaths due to drowning, hanging, burns, electrocution, gunshot wounds, stabs or cutting, lightning, starvation, radiation, exposure, alcoholism, addiction, tetanus, strangulation, suffocation, or smothering.

Deaths due to trauma from whatever cause.

Deaths due to criminal means or by casualty.

Deaths in prison or while serving a sentence.

Deaths due to virulent contagious disease that might be caused by or cause a public hazard, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Coroner's jurisdiction is generally determined by the type of death, and/or the parish of domicile.

It is necessary that the Coroner of the parish in which the death occurs does an initial investigation in order to determine jurisdiction. Thus, all deaths required to be reported to the coroner should be reported to this office and this parish will be responsible for notifying other Coroners, if appropriate.


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                                Mark A. Goldman FI. D-ABMDI  Chief Investigator


If you feel you have the desire, dedication, and determination to join our team, please submit a resume via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than July 15, 2015 (phone call inquiries will not be accepted). The list of qualified candidates created by this open announcement will be reviewed individually. If accepted, you will be contacted for an interview. Candidates not progressing to the next phase of the recruitment process will be notified via e-mail.

The 2015 Reserve Investigator Academy will meet every Saturday, beginning July 18, with practical lab exercises on Monday evenings. Qualified candidates that demonstrate accelerated capability MAY be considered for paid part-time or full-time positions, if openings are available. Successful completion of the 2015 Reserve Academy does NOT guarantee employment with the Lafourche Parish Coroners Office.


Reserve Investigators are volunteers who assist the investigative staff in conducting medicolegal death investigations. Upon successful completion of the Reserve Investigator Academy, graduates are eligible to apply for a limited number of Reserve Investigator positions. Reserve Investigators are expected to complete two shifts monthly, during which time they will continue to learn and experience all the facets of a medicolegal death investigator’s role in the community.




Investigators are exposed to dead bodies in various stages of decomposition, infectious and contagious disease, noxious fumes, and hazardous materials. Investigators work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays in all weather conditions.


Applicants must be twenty-one years or older.
Applicants must submit to a criminal background check and have no felony convictions.
Applicants must provide two references from persons not related to him/her, attesting to his/her integrity and suitability for the position.
Applicants must successfully complete an initial interview and may be requested to attend subsequent interviews.
Applicants must demonstrate a sincere career interest in the field of medicolegal death investigations rather than mere curiosity.


* Preferred candidates have a proven ability to deal with the public in stressful situations.
* Preferred candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Preferred candidates have experience performing investigations and crime scene processing.
* Preferred candidates must demonstrate an ability to work with diverse cultures in diverse environments.
* Preferred candidates must demonstrate an ability to work with various disciplines within the criminal justice field.
* Preferred candidates have professional or educational experience in related fields.