205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
To respond to COVID-19 concerns the Kittitas County Coroner's Office may have limited walk-in access due to Morris-Sorenson building restrictions. All of our office functions continue, we are receiving phone calls and emails as normal.
If entry into the Morris-Sorenson building is limiting your ability to enter our office, or if you prefer to schedule an appointment with our office you may do so by doing one of the following:
Coroner Henderson and the Deputy Coroner's continue responding to death investigations and are available on their cellular phones.
The Kittitas County Coroner’s Office aims to protect the interests of the community. This is
achieved in our death investigations by determining the cause, manner, and mechanism of
sudden or unexplained deaths, and by identifying deceased persons. Our office notifies next of
kin, while ensuring the deceased and their property are treated with care, respect, and dignity.
We accomplish our mission with medicolegal-trained investigators, forensically certified
pathologists, and through other scientific methods. We search for the truth by providing an
independent investigation with respect to concerns of the family and in accordance with the law.
We understand our findings may also impact law enforcement, criminal justice, and public health
The coroner has the responsibility to investigate all deaths that are considered unattended, this
means when a person in apparent good health dies and has not been under a doctor's care within
the previous 36 hours; or where the circumstances of death indicate death was caused by
unnatural or unlawful means; or where death occurs under suspicious circumstances; or where a
coroner's autopsy or postmortem or coroner's inquest is to be held; or where death results from
unknown or obscure causes, or where death occurs within one year following an accident; or
where the death is caused by any violence whatsoever, or where death results from a known or
suspected abortion; whether self-induced or otherwise; where death apparently results from
drowning, hanging, burns, electrocution, gunshot wounds, stabs or cuts, lightning, starvation,
radiation, exposure, alcoholism, narcotics or other addictions, tetanus, strangulations, suffocation
or smothering; or where death is due to premature birth or still birth; or where death is due to a
violent contagious disease or suspected contagious disease which may be a public health hazard;
or where death results from alleged rape, carnal knowledge or sodomy, where death occurs in a
jail or prison; where a body is found dead or is not claimed by relatives or friends, is hereby
vested in the county coroner, which bodies may be removed and placed in the morgue under
such rules as are adopted by the coroner with the approval of the county commissioners, having
jurisdiction, providing therein how the bodies shall be brought to and cared for at the morgue and
held for the proper identification where necessary.
507 North Nanum Street, Suite 113
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509 856-4970 Cell
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.