Is an autopsy always performed?

Not always. If the death is a "Natural Death" and cause of death can be determined by past medical history or from an external exam the Coroner will normally not perform an autopsy.

An autopsy is performed on all: 

  • fire deaths, 
  • all criminal deaths, and 
  • the death of an infant and child

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1. How long does the office take to close its cases?
2. Is an autopsy always performed?
3. Can I come see him / her?
4. Can I get a copy of the autopsy report?
5. Is there any cost to the family?
6. What about funeral arrangements?
7. What information is released by the coroner?
8. When is a death a coroner's case?
9. Who performs the autopsy?
10. Why are autopsies performed?
11. Why is the Coroner involved in the death of my loved one?
12. Where do I obtain a Death Certificate?