What is an autopsy?
An autopsy is a systematic examination of the body, performed to document injuries and diseases, as well as normal conditions of the body. The procedure is performed by a medical doctor with special training in forensic pathology. The Lenawee County Medical Examiner has arranged a procedural response for the autopsy and collection of test specimens which usually does not delay the release of the body more than 48 hours.

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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?