Bureau County Coroner's Office
700 South Main St.
Princeton, Illinois 61356
Since Feb 8, 1988, Janice Wamhoff has been coroner of Bureau County, succeeding her friend and mentor, Boyd Bitting, upon his death. Appointed annually by the Bureau County Board for 24 years, she was chosen by county voters in 2012 to retain that office when the coroner became an elected position.
The Bureau County Coroner's office investigates all deaths that occur in Bureau County, regardless of the deceased's residency. Along with determining the who, what, where, when and why of a death, the coroner also addresses the needs of survivors at what is one of the most stressful and traumatic times of their lives.
Families and friends of the deceased depend on all law enforcement agencies involved in a death to answer as many of their questions as possible. The coroner's responsibilities include the following, but are not limited to:
- The investigation into the cause and manner of death of anyone not attended to by a licensed physician.
- To make the death notification to next -of-kin.
- The determination of the manner and cause of each death and to decide if an inquest into the death is necessary.
- The preparation and proceedings at all inquests within the county.
- The determination of an autopsy need if circumstances in a death are suspicious, obscure or mysterious.
- The approval of death certificates and cremation permits.
- The maintenance of all death records for those who die in Bureau County under the coroner's jurisdiction.
- To help coordinate and facilitate with tissue donation.