Can I request an autopsy of my family member?
If the Medical Examiner has assumed jurisdiction of the Death Certificate, you may request an autopsy. Please make the Medicolegal Death Investigator (MDI) – the Office of the Medical Examiner representative who responds to the scene - aware of any specific questions you have about the death as an autopsy may or may not be the best way to answer them. The Investigations Section also is staffed 24/7 and can be reached at 602-506-1138. The Medical Examiner will attempt to honor your wishes; however, this is not always possible and an autopsy may not be completed on every case, even if requested.

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1. Print a PDF version of the Information for Next of Kin pamphlet:
2. Why is the Office of the Medical Examiner involved?
3. Why is the death being investigated?
4. How are bodies transported for examination, and where?
5. What comprises an 'examination' and when is it performed?
6. What if I do not want an autopsy of my family member?
7. Can I request an autopsy of my family member?
8. Is an open casket viewing possible after an autopsy has been completed?
9. How is the time of death determined?
10. What is toxicology testing?
11. Do I have to identify my family member at the Office of the Medical Examiner?
12. Can I request a viewing of my family member?
13. When and how is my loved one released to a funeral home or mortuary?
14. If I cannot select a funeral home or mortuary will the Office of the Medical Examiner provide one?
15. How do I receive personal effects?
16. How quickly will cause and manner of death be determined?
17. How do I obtain a copy of Medical Examiner Reports? How long does it take?
18. How do I receive death benefits if the cause and manner of death is pending?
19. How do I obtain a copy of the Death Certificate?
20. I still have questions or need assistance regarding the death of a loved one. Who can help me?