The Coroner’s Bureau issues unidentified cases a unique “Unidentified” number, which is updated to the decedent’s names when and if the identification is made. Some cases cannot be identified by forensic or scientific means. Long term unidentified decedents are referred to the Public Administrator’s Bureau of the Sheriff's Office for disposition of their remains. Remains of unidentified decedents are buried at a contracted cemetery only after all means to identify the decedent have been explored. The Coroner’s Bureau publishes information on their website on all long-term unidentified cases.