Medical Examiner's Office
The objective of the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office is to provide a high level of professional service to the law enforcement, medical and private communities it serves.
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is responsible for the administration of the Medical Examiner's function. Dr. Thomas Uncini of Lakeland Pathology, P.A. is the current Chief Medical Examiner and has been since 1998. He is a Board Certified Pathologist. Dr. Uncini oversees a team of assistant medical examiners and field investigators.
The coroner or medical examiner is an independent official of the county, subject only to appointment, removal, and budgeting by the County Board per MN Statute 390.011.
- Staff Directory: Inquiries for Medical Examiner data or records should be directed to the Medical Examiner's main office in Hibbing, MN. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. The main office number in Hibbing may be reached by calling 218-362-6614. The Duluth office number is 218-726-7018.
Office Locations: The northern half of St. Louis County is served by the Hibbing branch of the Medical Examiner's Office, which is located in the Fairview University Medical Center in Hibbing, MN. The southern half of St. Louis County is served by the Duluth branch of the Medical Examiner's Office which is located at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Medical School. Kolleen Kennedy, a full-time Medical Examiner Investigator, works out of the Duluth branch.
- Human Remains: St. Louis County has a number of unclaimed and claimed human remains. Usually these people have lost contact with their families prior to death, have no family or friends, or died unidentified. Each state and county has different procedures they must follow in these cases. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office posts the names in hopes that the legal next of kin can be located.