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Coroner

The goal of the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Coroner’s Office is to provide the citizens of Deer Lodge County with thorough, complete and professional medicolegal death investigations. Through collaborative efforts that value recognized best practices, advances in technology and training, our efforts will serve those who can no longer serve themselves while ensuring the decedent and their survivors are treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect.

About the Department:

The Coroner’s Office is mandated by law to investigate deaths independent and collaboratively with Law Enforcement. The office determines cause and manner of all sudden, unexplained and unnatural deaths, as well as natural deaths where medical attendance was not present.

The Mission of the Coroner’s Office is:

  • To accurately determine the manner and the cause of death of individuals that die within the statutory jurisdiction of the office; through a fair, ethical, and competent medicolegal death investigation; performed by qualified and trained individuals, in accordance with the accepted medicolegal death investigation professional standards; ensuring the integrity of the investigation.
  • To assist the bereaved in the loss of a loved one.
  • To earn and hold the trust and respect of the citizens that we are privileged and honored to serve.

A-DLC Courthouse

800 Main St.

Anaconda, MT 59711

Old County Jailhouse

(406) 563 – 5109

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The County Coroner strives to:

provide accurate, quality, cost-effective determinations of the manner and cause of death in order to provide information needed for statistical and investigative purposes for federal, state, local, and private individuals and agencies;
apply the principles of continuous quality improvement in the performance of our delegated duties to the citizens of Deer Lodge County and the State of Montana; and
work in a productive way with all agencies.

The duties of the County Coroner include:

  • pronouncing death and determining time of death;
  • documenting the scene of death and performing interviews to determine medical and social circumstances;
  • skillfully removing the deceased from the scene, taking care not to disturb evidence;
  • positively identifying the deceased with aid of dental records, fingerprints, and X-rays;
  • identifying the next of kin and notifying family members in a respectful and sensitive manner;
  • preparing death certificates;
  • providing conclusive information and records to family members, law enforcement, the County Attorney, and other individuals/agencies requiring information;
  • testifying objectively in legal matters; and
  • conducting medical legal investigations.
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Staff

Jessie Billquist-Jette
Jessie Billquist-JetteDeputy Coroner
Jessie Billquist-Jette

Mrs. Billquist-Jette was appointed as County Coroner on April 18, 2017. Jessie Billquist-Jette, holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana and a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health – Applied Health Option from Montana Tech. She has extended studies training from Chico State California, the University of Montana – Western, and the University of North Dakota. She has worked in the medical field as a Pediatric Physical Therapist since. Jessie is also a faculty member at Montana Tech. She joined the Anaconda Deer Lodge County Coroner’s Department in 2011 working as the Deputy County Coroner. Jessie is a member of the Montana Coroner’s Association and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. She is proud to have been born and raised in Anaconda, MT.

Isabel O'Brien
Isabel O'BrienDeputy Coroner
Isabel O’Brien
Isabel O’Brien was raised in Anaconda since the age of 5. She attended local schools and graduated from High School in 1981. She married her best friend in 1981 and together they raised three successful sons while working for Buttrey’s in many different positions. After her husband became disabled as an ironworker from a 70-foot fall, she accepted the role as providing 100% care for him. It was after his recovery, her children and Husband encouraged her to return to school to become a Nurse. She then attended Montana Tech and graduated with highest honors as a Registered Nurse. After graduation, she immediately went to work in two full-time capacities, as a Med-Surg RN in Anaconda and as an Emergency Room Nurse in Missoula. In 2006 she accepted a promotion at CMC in Missoula as the Emergency Room Clinical Manager while also working intermittently as a House Supervisor for Montana State Hospital. After years of traveling to Missoula while working in addition at Montana State Hospital she accepted the position as Forensic Nurse Manager at Montana State Hospital and remains in this position to this day. She was hired as a Deputy Coroner for Deer Lodge County in January and has also become the back-up autopsy technician for the Montana State Crime lab. Overall, she hopes to achieve her National Coroner’s certification and continue to work for the great town of Anaconda helping others.