Forensic Medical Examiner Investigators investigate deaths in Travis County, perform scene investigations, collect evidence and develop decedents’ medical and social histories to assist the medical examiner in determining the cause and manner of death. Our Investigators have a wide range of backgrounds, including nursing, law enforcement, pharmacy, and anthropology.

Our staff consists of a Chief Investigator, a Deputy Chief Investigator, a Forensic Nurse Investigator, and nine Forensic Medical Examiner Investigators. Two of our investigators are forensic anthropologists. Investigators work shifts that cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Currently, six investigators are registered Medicolegal Death Investigators, certified by the American Board of Medical Death Investigators (ABMDI). Two more investigators are working on becoming registered as Medicolegal Death Investigators. Our Chief Investigator, our Deputy Chief Investigator, and one other investigator are board certified by ABMDI.


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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