Why is the Medical Examiner's Office involved?
The Medical Examiner is required by state law to determine the cause and circumstances of all sudden, unexpected deaths, as well as those suspected to be homicides, suicides, or accidents. All deaths related to any type of injury or intoxication must be investigated, even if the cause appears obvious.

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1. Why is the Medical Examiner's Office involved?
2. What is an autopsy?
3. Do I have to pay for an autopsy?
4. Will I still be able to have an open casket service if an autopsy is performed?
5. What happens to the deceased person's property?
6. Is viewing or visitation allowed while the body is under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner?
7. Can a Medical Examiner's case still be an organ or tissue donor?
8. How do I request information?