Why is the Coroner involved?

State law required the Coroner to be notified. The Coroner then inquires into and determines the circumstances, manner, and cause of all sudden, violent or unusual deaths and those deaths where a doctor is not in attendance, or is present but unwilling to sign the death certificate according to state law.

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1. Where will my relative or friend be taken?
2. Is it necessary for me to identify the body?
3. Is viewing allowed at the Coroner's Office?
4. What about organ donation?
5. Why is the Coroner involved?
6. What should I do now?
7. How long will it take before my relative or friend is released from the Coroner's Office?
8. Will an autopsy be performed?
9. Will the Coroner make the funeral arrangements?
10. What information does the Coroner need to release the body of my relative or friend?
11. Where can I obtain a death certificate?
12. Will I be charged for Coroner services?
13. Are blood toxicology reports, coroner, and/or autopsy reports available?
14. My relative or friend was in the military. Who can I contact for information?
15. If there are no funds for burial, what can I do?
16. What if I discover remains?
17. How and when can personal possessions be claimed?
18. I need to enter my relative or friend's residence, but it is sealed. What should I do?