Why is a body brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office?

Bodies of deceased persons are brought to this office because Missouri State statutes require that the Medical Examiner investigate deaths of persons dying from “violence, or suddenly when in apparent health, or in any suspicious, unusual, or unnatural manner”. The Medical Examiner is responsible for determining the cause and manner of their death. A body may also be brought to the office if the identity of the deceased or next of kin is unknown.

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1. Why is a body brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office?
2. What is an autopsy?
3. Can I prevent an autopsy from taking place?
4. Will acceptance of a case by the Medical Examiner’s Office mean that organ or tissue donation cannot take place?
5. When will the body be released from the Medical Examiner’s office?
6. Where will the personal property of the deceased by located?
7. What hours are you open?
8. Is there a charge for a Medical Examiner Autopsy?
9. How do I arrange to have the body released?
10. Where do I obtain a copy of the death certificate?
11. How can I get a copy of the autopsy report?
12. Is the Medical Examiner’s Office involved in Hospice death cases?