Who decides if an autopsy is required?

The law. According to the law, the cause and manner of death must be determined for every death. In most non-violent cases, we use medical information from the decedent’s medical record and family history to establish the most likely cause of death. If medical evidence cannot be established from these sources, then an autopsy is required.

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1. How do I obtain a Coroner’s report, autopsy report and toxicology report?
2. How do I get a death certificate?
3. Who decides if an autopsy is required?
4. What happens to the personal property of the deceased?
5. What happens to the prescription drugs issued to the deceased?
6. Does the Coroner's Office assist with funerals?
7. What happens to unclaimed bodies?