Offices Closed for Christmas: All county offices will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, for the holiday. This includes parks offices, public works, courts and all other administrative offices. Offices will re-open Thursday, Dec. 26.

Appointed Official
William Rohr, M.D.

Collin County Medical Examiner
700 B Wilmeth Rd.
McKinney, TX 75069

Office Hours:
Weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
972-548-3775 (McKinney) *
972-424-1460 ext. 3775 (Metro) *
972-548-3760 (Fax)

* To report a death after hours:
972-547-5350 (Collin County Sheriff’s Office)

Reporting Criteria and Requirements

Reportable Hospital Deaths 

  • When a person dies within 24-hours of admission to the facility. Time starts at triage.
  • When any person is killed or dies a non-natural death no matter how long they have been hospitalized. (suspected overdoses, accidents, homicides, suicides)
  • When a body is found and the cause and circumstances of the death are unknown
  • Any suicide, regardless of length of time hospitalized.
  • When patient dies without being attended by a physician & the cause is unknown.
  • Stillbirths and neonatal births if the delivery took place outside the hospital or if the delivery is related to or suspected to be related to trauma or drug use. 
  • Any recent or remote trauma that has effected quality of life.

Preparing to report the death 

  • Have the patient chart in front of you. Face sheet and patient demographics first. 
  • Know the decedents terminal diagnosis, medical history & date/time and reason for admission.
  • Have Next of kin or emergency contact information available
  • Be ready with details such as where the patient came from & how the incident occurred. 
  • Was the patient admitted under a pseudo name. 
  • Be aware if blood was drawn upon admission and secure the location of the blood.
  • If a Next-of-Kin is known make sure they are notified prior to ME notification. 
  • The Collin County Medical Examiner's office does not store, embalm, or cremate bodies. We are a science facility that performs forensic examinations. There is no county or city morgue. 
  • If a patient’s family requests an autopsy but they do not meet criteria to report to the Medical Examiner's office, please refer them to hospital pathology or to
  • It is a Class B Misdemeanor (up to 180 days in jail & up to $2,000.00 fine) to interfere with an inquest authorized by Texas Law. 

Reportable Nursing Home or Hospice Deaths 

  • Hospice deaths that occur in a residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or group home MUST BE REPORTED.
  • All deaths that occur in a nursing home within the Collin County border MUST BE REPORTED. Preparing to report the death
Please have the following information ready at time of reporting:
  • Verify the address you are at is in Collin County. If you have any questions please visit our interactive Collin County map
  • Has there been any recent trauma?
  • Patients Name/ DOB/ race & gender
  • Residential address or Facility name and address
  • Time of pronouncement
  • Hospice Diagnosis or medical history