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The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office (TCME), provides medicolegal death investigation for Travis County, Texas, and a number of surrounding counties. Travis County is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area and covers 989 square miles of land and 33 square miles of water. The county seat is Austin, which is also the capital of Texas.

The TCME was established in 1977. It is located at 7723 Springdale Road Austin TX 78724.

The office is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office is responsible for the investigation and certification of cause and manner of death of all sudden, unexpected, violent, suspicious, or unnatural deaths that occur in Travis County. The cause of death is a disease, injury, drug toxicity, or combination of factors that causes a physiologic derangement severe enough to result in death. The manner of death refers to the circumstances surrounding how the death came about and is divided into five categories: natural, accident, suicide, homicide, and undetermined. TCME also investigates similar deaths occurring in 43 Texas counties at the written request of the local authorities.

There are five departments at TCME: Administration, Investigations, Morgue, Pathology, Records and Toxicology.

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J. Keith Pinckard, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Examiner

7723 Springdale Road
Austin TX 78724 (Map)
Phone: (512) 854-9599
Fax: (512) 854-9044

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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