Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner case details

Matt Kiefer filed this request with the coroners office of Santa Clara County, CA.


From: Matt Kiefer

To Whom It May Concern:

Please consider this a Public Records Act request for updated case records dating back to Nov. 1, 2019. Please respond with the following information for each case:
- case number
- date of death
- race
- ethnicity
- age
- gender
- incident location (e.g. street address, city, zip)
- decedent residence (e.g. street address, city, zip of decedent)
- cause(s) of death (indicating if COVID related)
- any other non-exempt information contained in case records

Per CA PRA 6253.1, please describe the information technology used to maintain these records, to the extent that it may assist in producing a focused and effective request. In the alternative, please simply provide the data in spreadsheet format pursuant to CA PRA 6253.9.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically by e-mail attachment.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Matt Kiefer
John S. Knight Journalism Fellow 
Stanford University

From: coroners office

Mr. Kiefer,

Attached is the response to your CPRA request below. The cases listed as “Pending” means that a cause and manner of death has not yet been determined. Eleven (11) cases have been withheld pending legal next of kin and positive identification and ten (10) cases have been withheld due to California Health and Safety Code Section 120980 for the year 2020. Please note: full names were provided in lieu of case numbers.

Cindy Gallego-SR. Office Specialist

Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office
County of Santa Clara

850 Thornton Way
San Jose, CA 95128
Direct line: 408-793-1932
Main line: 408-793-1900
Fax: 408-793-1934