East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark explained to members of the Baton Rouge Early Risers Kiwanis, at a recent meeting, that the investigation of deaths is not like that which is seen on television. Dr. Clark said the investigation of deaths is the most popular jurisdiction, and it takes a lot of man hours to perform.
During an investigation, people must be identified. “This can include proof of dental, DNA, photographs and fingerprints, if necessary. I must also look at the cause of death, whether it is a homicide, suicide or accidental.”
Investigation of mental health and sexual assaults are two other jurisdictions the coroner office performs, but he said the most important role he has is to take care of the people. On the average, the coroner said he works approximately 55 hours a week and he continues to practice medicine, which the law allows.