How long does it take for a death ruling to be made?

When a body is released from the Montgomery County Morgue, a signed death certificate may be available. However, there are times when a "deferred" death certificate is issued while the cause and/or manner of death are still be determining. The "deferred" death certificated enables the funeral services and burial to take place while our investigation continues.  At the completion of our investigation, a supplemental death certificate is then issued with the final cause and manner of death.

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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?