Death Certificates

Pursuant to LA RS 33:1563 B. (1) The coroner may perform or cause to be performed by a competent physician an autopsy in any case in his discretion.  The coroner shall perform or cause to be performed by a competent physician an autopsy in the case of any death where there is a public health risk and/or reasonable probability that the violation of a criminal statute has contributed to the death. An autopsy may be performed in all cases of infants under the age of one year who die unexpectedly without explanation. The autopsy shall include microscopic and toxicology studies.

Request for Autopsy Report:

Individuals may obtain a copy of a completed autopsy report by visiting our office during normal business hours, located at:
203 St Denis Street Suite 116, Natchitoches, LA

Normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. on Fridays, except for coroner office holidays.

To help expedite your request, please provide as much of the following information as possible.
     Information Pertaining to the Decedent:

  • Name of Deceased
  • Date of Death
     Information Pertaining to the Requester:
  • Copy of drivers license or picture identification

One copy is provided to the next of kin at no charge.  Depending on the circumstances of the case and the laboratory tests that are required, the length of time necessary to complete each case may vary. If a case in under criminal investigation, we are unable to release a copy of the autopsy report pending that legal action.

Can I request an Autopsy to be performed?

The coroner's office determines if an autopsy is warranted after investigation. Under certain circumstances an autopsy is required under law.
If a family chooses, they may consult with a pathologist of their own for the performance of an autopsy at their own cost, if there is no medicolegal cause for an autopsy to be ordered by the coroner's office.