Montana Code Annotated 2019



Part 1. Investigation of Death -- Autopsy

Human Deaths Requiring Inquiry By Coroner

46-4-122. Human deaths requiring inquiry by coroner. The coroner shall inquire into and determine the cause and manner of death and all circumstances surrounding a human death:

(1) that was caused or is suspected to have been caused:

(a) in any degree by an injury, either recent or remote in origin; or

(b) by the deceased or any other person that was the result of an act or omission, including but not limited to:

(i) a criminal or suspected criminal act;

(ii) a medically suspicious death, unusual death, or death of unknown circumstances, including any fetal death; or

(iii) an accidental death; or

(c) by an agent, disease, or medical condition that poses a threat to public health;

(2) whenever the death occurred:

(a) while the deceased was incarcerated in a prison or confined to a correctional or detention facility owned and operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state;

(b) while the deceased was being pursued, apprehended, or taken into custody by, or while in the custody of, any law enforcement agency or a peace officer;

(c) during or as a result of the deceased's employment;

(d) less than 24 hours after the deceased was admitted to a medical facility or if the deceased was dead upon arrival at a medical facility; or

(e) in a manner that was unattended or unwitnessed and the deceased was not attended by a physician at any time in the 30-day period prior to death;

(3) if the dead human body is to be cremated or shipped into the state and lacks proper medical certification or burial or transmit permits; or

(4) that occurred under suspicious circumstances.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 660, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 287, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 194, L. 2017.