How does the Coroner's Office I.D. an unidentified person?

All deaths of unidentified persons are reported to the Coroner’s Bureau, who will take possession of the decedent for purposes of determining their identity and to locate and notify their legal next-of-kin.  Identification is made by photo comparison, fingerprints, dental charting and comparison, unique physiological or surgical features (prior fractures, surgical implanted devices, skeletal structures), or by DNA analysis.

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1. Can we come and see him/her?
2. Where is our loved one being taken?
3. Is an autopsy always performed?
4. Why are autopsies performed?
5. Does an autopsy prevent viewing of the body at the funeral home?
6. How long is the body kept at the Coroner's office?
7. What do we do now?
8. What about personal property items?
9. When can we have the funeral?
10. How do we obtain death certificates?
11. Can we contact the Coroner's Bureau?
12. What if the medical cause of death is not found during the autopsy?
13. Are there fees for the Coroner's services?
14. How do we obtain the Coroner's reports (Coroner's Packet)?
15. How do the next of kin of a homeless person get notified if a homeless person dies?
16. What happens when a body can not be identified?
17. How does the Coroner's Office I.D. an unidentified person?