What hours are you open?

The Buchanan County Medical Examiner office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am. to 4:30 pm. for calls. The Medicolegal Death Investigator is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to accept reports of death. There is no viewing of decedents. All viewing must be arranged with the funeral home to which the decedent is released.

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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?