Why is a body brought to the coroner's office?

The remains of deceased persons are brought to the Coroner's Office because Ohio Law requires that the coroner investigate deaths of persons dying from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, suddenly, when unattended by a physician for a reasonable period of time, in detention, or in any suspicious or unusual manner. Another reason that a body may be brought to the Coroner's Office is that the identity of the deceased or next of kin is unknown.

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1. Why is a body brought to the coroner's office?
2. When is an autopsy performed?
3. Does the coroner need permission from the next of kin for an autopsy?
4. What is an autopsy and is there a charge for it?
5. How will the body be released?
6. How can a funeral director be selected?
7. Where may the clothing of the deceased be located?
8. How can the personal effects and other valuables of the deceased be obtained?
9. How long does it take for a death ruling to be made?
10. When will the autopsy report be completed?
11. How can coroner records be obtained?
12. Where can copies of death certificates be obtained?
13. How do I report a death?