In certain situations, the Coroner is required to investigate a death. The purpose of this investigation is to determine the cause of death and to determine whether or not there is sufficient reason for the Coroner to believe that death may have resulted from criminal acts or criminal neglect of persons other than the deceased.
As part of this investigation, the Coroner shall determine the identity of the deceased and notify the next of kin of the deceased.
Remember, this is a working office (24/7) and investigative duties often leave the office vacant.
If you need to reach the Coroner immediately call the Communications Center at (570) 465-9111 and they will contact the coroner or deputy on call.
About the Coroner
Tony began serving as a deputy to the Coroner, his father, John Conarton in August of 1978. He became certified by the State Attorney General in 1991 and has maintained his legal certification under the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Education Board. This enabled him to hold the position of Chief Deputy Coroner in 1992. In the 1995 November election Tony was elected into the position of Coroner and he has proudly served the residents of Susquehanna County for 38 years. In July of 2016 Tony was awarded Diplomat status in the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (D-ABMDI).
For information on ABMDI please visit www.abmdi.org
Duties of the Coroner
Scene Investigations – Examine the body, the scene, the facts, and circumstances surrounding the death.
History – Review all history to include recent activities, complaints, circumstances, as well as medications and medical treatment. Interview witnesses, family members and others with pertinent information.
Personal Effects – Document as well as safeguard personal effects and property found on or about the person at the time of death until released to the legal representative of the decedent.
Identification and Notification – Establish the identity of the decedent by positive means. Confirm through investigation the identity of the legal next-of-kin as well as conduct or arrange for personal notification.
Examinations – Determine the need for examinations by other experts as needed. These may include radiological exams, autopsies by the Forensic Pathologists, dental exams by Forensic Odonatologist, toxicological testing of body fluids and/or substances and other pertinent examinations as needed.
Correlate – Review all information obtained from various sources to establish the cause and manner of death in addition to determine if criminal activity or criminal neglect was involved in the death.
Authorize Cremation – Each of these deaths must be reviewed and often contact must be made with the physician’s office or the medical records department of the facility where death occurred before a written release is completed and faxed to the funeral home prior to cremation.
Removal and care of the decedent’s body – Physically remove or supervise proper removal of the body from the scene using the proper equipment and supplies and assume chain of custody.
Completion of all necessary reports, forms or certificates – Write a brief report, completes other forms as needed to finalize the case. Issues a death certificate when the death falls under the Coroner’s jurisdiction.
Technology and Education – Continually research the latest a advancements in medicolegal death investigation. Complete a minimum of eight hours of continuing education each year.
County Coroner's Office
309 Public Way
New Milford, PA 18834
Telephone: (570) 278-6630
Fax: (570) 278-6633
Anthony J. Conarton, D-ABMDI, Coroner
Forensic Case Coordinator/Deputy - (570) 278-6631
To report a death: 24 hours per day – (570) 465-9111
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment
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