About the Bexar County
Medical Examiner's Office

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office, located in San Antonio, Texas, is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners External Site. The primary function of the Medical Examiner's Office is to investigate the deaths of all individuals in Bexar County who die suddenly, violently and unexpectedly, in order to determine the cause and manner of death in these cases. The Office conducts scene investigations and interviews witnesses, attending physicians, relatives and police. Based on the information gathered, a decision is made as to whether the case is a Medical Examiner case and whether an autopsy needs to be performed. Body fluids and tissue are are analyzed by the Toxicology Section to determine the presence or absence of poisons, drugs or other chemicals.

The Office consists of five sections:

  1. The Medical Examiner Section;
  2. The Administrative section;
  3. The Investigative Section;
  4. The Morgue/Autopsy Section;
  5. The Toxicology Section; and
  6. The Office Services section.

In the About Us section, you will learn about each of these five sections of the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office (BCMEO) and the history of the office since it became operative in 1956. Annual reports detailing the cases handled by the BCMEO every year (since 1985) are also archived in the About Us section.