Sandstrom named to forensic investigation council

Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom has been appointed to the Washington State Forensic Investigation Council, it was announced last weelk.

In this capacity, he will represent all coroner’s offices throughout Washington state for funding and training issues.

“No matter where they live, everyone deserves a thorough death investigation,” Sandstrom said. “In a smaller county that cannot afford this, we will reimburse their costs so they can get the job done.”

Sandstrom said that all deaths in Kitsap County are treated to a full autopsy to ensure that an accidental or traffic death is actually what it seems to be.

“Every time a child dies or after a traffic fatality, the family has a right to know exactly why the death occurred,” Sandstrom said.

Sandstrom said his office also takes an aggressive role in helping to prevent premature deaths by alerting the public through many presentations to thousands of people each year. 

These include DUI awareness, suicide prevention and general safety tips. 

Sandstrom will add the new role to his present duties as president of the Washington Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

Currently, the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office has separate morgue and office facilities in Port Orchard.

Sandstrom said the office is looking into the construction or lease of a new, larger facility that will accommodate more bodies and centralize operations.

Sandstrom said the new facility would be finished in a few years and would probably be located in the Bremerton area.

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