Each case is unique, but under normal circumstances, a case not involving autopsy will result in release within 24 hours. Depending on what time of day the county Coroner’s office is notified and takes jurisdiction, the medical information available to the Coroner at that time, and the circumstances surrounding the death, the body may be released the same day or later on the next day. In cases of suspicious deaths or deaths that require further investigation, your loved one’s remains may be held for additional time.

If an autopsy is required, the investigation may take considerably longer, particularly if the identification of the individual is an issue. You are always welcome to contact the county Coroner to inquire about the status of your case.