Medical Examiner


William J. Starbird, M.D.
Sanilac County Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Russell Bush, M.D., M.P.H.
Sanilac County Deputy Medical Examiner

Administrative Staff

Bryant Wilke R.S., MPH
Health Officer / Director of Environmental Health

Heather Kohn
Medical Examiner Secretary

The Sanilac County Medical Examiner’s Office is located at:
Sanilac County Health Department
171 Dawson, Suite 123
Sandusky, Michigan 48471

Phone: (810) 648-4098 ext. 154
Fax: (810) 648-2646

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm – Monday through Friday (except for holidays)


Pay Cremation Fees Online
Cremation fees - $55 

The Medical Examiner’s Office is responsible for, in coordination with local police, death investigations of:

  • Accidents
  • Natural/sudden/unexpected deaths
  • Violent deaths (homicides/suicides)
  • Suspicious circumstances
  • Prison deaths
  • Causes of death not determined by attending physician and instances where no physician is available to sign the death certificate
The Medical Examiner must also authorize and sign permits for all cremations and death certificates.

Medical Examiner Annual Reports

2018-2023 Report

Medical Examiner Related Links:

Michigan Child Death Review