The Coroner’s Office was established on May 2, 1893. On January 4, 1999, the Coroner’s Office consolidated with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, becoming the 42nd county in the state to consolidate the Coroner’s Office with the Sheriff’s Office.
The Coroner investigates and reports on all violent, sudden or unusual deaths of persons within the County as established by California law.
In the State of California there are five manners, or classifications, of deaths:
- Natural: Natural deaths are due solely or nearly totally to disease and / or the aging process.
- Accident: Accident applies when an injury or poisoning causes death and there is little or no evidence the injury or poisoning occurred with the intent to harm or cause death. In essence, the fatal outcome was unintentional.
- Suicide:Suicide results from an injury or poisoning as the result of an intentional, self-inflicted act committed to do self harm or cause the death of one’s self.
- Homicide:Homicide occurs when the death results from a volitional act committed by another person to cause fear, harm, or death. Intent to cause death is a common element but is not required for classification as homicide. It is to be emphasized the classification of homicide for the purposes of death certification is a “neutral” term and neither indicates nor implies criminal intent.
- Undetermined: Undetermined is a classification used when the information pointing to one manner of death is no more compelling than one or more other competing manners of death in thorough consideration of all available information.
Source: National Association of Medical Examiners, “A Guide For Manner Of Death Classification” First Edition, February 2002.
A manner of death of “Pending” may be issued during the course of the Coroner’s investigation. This allows for the death certificate to be filed within the eight-day State mandate while the Coroner completes the death investigation.
The Coroner may hold an inquest if the circumstances warrant. The inquest may be held with or without a jury, at the Coroner’s discretion and shall be open to the public.
When a death occurs in our county involving an inmate at a prison or county detention facility or when a person dies by the hands of law enforcement or in a situation with law enforcement involvement, we immediately begin the Coroner Review process. This process is a formal legal process used to establish the cause, manner, and mode of death.
Location and Contact
Coroner's West is located at 800 S. Redlands in the city of Perris, you can call at 951-443-2300.
Coroner's East is located at 47255 Oasis Street in the city of Indio, you can call at 760-863-8311
Government Code, State of California, Section 27491 and Health and Safety Code Section 102850 mandate that the Sheriff-Coroner inquires into the following deaths:
- Accidental poisoning from:
- Therapeutic agents
- Associated with a known or alleged rape or crime against nature
- Deaths in the custody of law enforcement, in prison or while under sentence
- Deaths in state hospitals serving the mentally or developmentally disabled
- The deceased has not been attended by a physician in the 20 days prior to death
- Deaths from:
- Drug addiction
- Following an accident, or injury (primary or contributory, occurring immediately or at some remote time)
- Involving any criminal action or suspicion of a criminal act, in whole or in part
- Known or suspected contagious disease constituting a public health hazard
- Known or suspected homicide
- Known or suspected suicide
- Occupational diseases or occupational hazards
- Physician unable to state the cause of death
- Related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion
- Suspected Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Unattended deaths
Additionally, the Riverside County Coroner typically investigates cases such as:
- All deaths in which the patient is comatose throughout the period of physician attendance, whether at home or hospital
- All deaths of persons who are charges of the State
- All deaths where a patient has not fully recovered from an anesthetic, whether in surgery, recovery room or elsewhere
- All emergency and operating room deaths
- Deaths occurring under 24 hours in a hospital
- Deaths of children (age 17 and under)
- Deaths of patients who have had surgery during the current hospital admission
- Deaths of unidentified persons
- Deaths with known or suspected contribution by a therapeutic procedure
- Solitary deaths (unattended by physician or other persons in the period proceeding death)
The Coroner’s Bureau maintains records on individuals who have been found deceased in Riverside County. If you recognize any of these people, or have information about any of these cases, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner’s Office.
This approximate 40-year-old died at John F Kennedy Memorial Hospital in 2016.
Unnamed friend dropped him off at Martin Luther King Medical Center in Los Angeles and told them that the victim was named Salvador Jimanaz and that he overdosed on drugs.
He was found semi-conscious under a bridge which is located at Crestridge Drive and Prado Road in Corona and died at Corona Regional Medical Center.
She died at the El Cerrito Road off ramp of I-15 freeway, El Cerrito, CA.
This man was struck by a pick-up truck while crossing the roadway on July 4, 2008.
An unidentified person was found dead in the open desert adjacent to the I-10 freeway.
Remains of this victim were found in the desert, and little information is known due to the condition the body was found in.
An unidentified man was found with a thin "Fu Man Chu" style mustache and 1" long goatee beard.
Potentially a homicide, this person was found in a ravine near Carancho Road.
A passerby found the body of this man in the White Water River Wash.
This victim was found in the river without teeth.
Because this victim wasn’t found for between 2 and 10 years, many details about them are unknown.
It is believed that this victim was between 30 and 40 years of age, and was believed to died a natural death.
The unidentified victim was found 1 to 2 months after his death.
While riding a bicycle, this man was struck and killed.
This unidentified man potentially went by the street name of Taquachi or Tacuache.
Learn more and view a sketch of this victim who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a highway.
Find more details about this victim who was found nude on a hillside.
The body of this deceased newborn was found along the highway, and help is requested in identifying the mother.
Help the coroner identify this woman who was found behind a Target store in Palm Desert fully dressed with superficial contusions to her legs and head.
Access details about this unidentified victim found off of a dirt road with multiple gunshot wounds.
Help the Coroner identify this woman found off the freeway.
The remains of this victim were mostly skeletal, so little information is known.
On Sunday, October 22, 1995, at about 9:30 a.m, the partial remains of a human were found approximately 28 miles north of Blythe near Highway 95.
Find details about this unidentified victim who was found in the water in a mountainous region.
Learn more about this victim who was found in the desert 3 to 6 weeks after death.
Apparently a homicide victim, this body was found dumped down a hillside.
Learn more about this unidentified victim found in 1994 in an open field.
This unidentified victim was found in the desert wearing a pink bathrobe.
Learn more about this suspected homicide victim found in 1992.
This shooting victim was found in 1992 and has yet to be identified.
Help the Coroner’s office identify this multiple gunshot victim.
Find more information about this unidentified homicide victim found in a shallow grave.
Skeletal remains of this person were found in the desert. The death is being handled as a homicide.
Learn more about this unidentified victim found dead at a campsite in 1990.
This man was killed then set afire resulting in heavy charring to part of his body. No scars, tattoos or disfigurements were found.
Help the coroner identify these skeletal remains that have been buried at least five years and probably more than ten years.
These skeletal remains were found in a ravine off of Highway 79 between Beaumont and San Jacinto, CA.
These skeletal remains were found in the open desert area north of Palm Springs, CA, and south of the I-10 freeway.
A female body was found in an alleyway near 4th Street in Perris, CA.
Identification is needed for a body that was found in a remote area of Joshua Tree National Park.
Help with identification is needed for a male body that was found in an open field near Avenue 62, Mecca, CA.
A body was found in the open desert area north of the I-10 freeway, east of Wiley’s Well Road, Blythe, CA.
Find information about a female body that was found near SR 91 freeway near the McKinley offramp in the City of Corona, CA.
Identification is needed for a male body that was found on the roadway of Avenue 50 between Polk and Tyler Street, in the city of Coachella, CA.
This female body was found down a ravine off of Highway 74, south of Palm Desert, CA.
A male body was found near the Southern Pacific railroad tracks, north of Corvina Beach Drive and Highway 111, North Shore, CA.
Help with identification is needed for a male body that was found in Lake Perris, Perris, CA.
This female body was found in the open desert north of I-10 freeway and east of the Cactus City rest stop area, concealed under brush that had been set afire.
A female body was found in drainage canal south of Newton Street, Riverside, CA.
Identification is needed for this body that was found floating in the All American Canal, an irrigation canal, in Mecca, CA needs identification.
This female body was found in a burning structure on Highway 74 in Meadowbrook area between Lake Elsinore and Perris, CA.
A second female body was found in a burning structure on Highway 74 in Meadowbrook area between Lake Elsinore and Perris, CA.