Where is my loved one taken?

In most cases, the deceased is released to a funeral home of the family's choice. Should a funeral home be unavailable to receive the deceased, the Coroner’s Office will arrange transportation to the county cooler located on the grounds [...]

Where is my loved one taken?

Why is the Coroner’s Office involved?

State Law requires the Coroner to be notified when a death occurs under certain circumstances. The Coroner performs an investigation and arrives at the cause and manner of death, and either completes or arranges the completion of the death [...]

Why is the Coroner’s Office involved?

Will an autopsy be performed?

Autopsies are performed when an additional investigation is needed to establish the cause and manner of death. Autopsies are ALWAYS performed in suspected homicides. Staff pathologists or specialized forensic pathologists are used for autopsies. Each case is unique and [...]

Will an autopsy be performed?

What is an autopsy?

An autopsy is a post-mortem medical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of the body in order to determine or assist in determining the cause and manner of a person's death. It can also provide information on the [...]

What is an autopsy?

How long before my loved one is released from the Coroner’s Office?

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 [...]

How long before my loved one is released from the Coroner’s Office?

Am I required to identify the body?

The identity of the deceased is usually determined through methods other than visual identification by family or acquaintances, and a visual ID is not required. Only in very rare cases are such identifications required. In the majority of cases, [...]

Am I required to identify the body?

Is viewing allowed?

The Coroner's Office strongly discourages viewing prior to the deceased being released to a funeral home. Should a decedent require further investigation by the medical examiner, no viewing is permitted. This process is required for maintaining proper medical-legal protection.

Is viewing allowed?

How will I get my loved one’s personal possessions back?

Personal effects that are on the body in a coroner's case are the jurisdiction of the Coroner's Office. Other personal effects that may be collected on the scene are part of the evidence collection by the involved law enforcement agency (e.g. [...]

How will I get my loved one’s personal possessions back?

Who contacts the funeral home?

Once you have selected a funeral home, please let them know that the body is under the jurisdiction of the Coroner. Once a funeral home is selected, you must call the Coroner as soon as possible to inform them [...]

Who contacts the funeral home?
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