What is an autopsy and is there a charge for it?

An autopsy is a systematic examination by a qualified physician of the body of a deceased person for the purpose of determining the cause of death and recovering, from the body, evidence of the cause of death. A record is made of the findings of the autopsy including microscopic and toxicologic laboratory tests. These laboratory tests are conducted after the release of the body to the next of kin for burial. There is no charge to the next of kin for an autopsy nor for any of the tests which may be conducted by the Coroner.

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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 home 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?