Why is the coroner's office involved with this death?
The coroner's office is an office that is run by an elected official. By state statute the coroner's office has jurisdiction over certain deaths in order to determine the cause and manner of death. The following would be examples of cases that the coroner's office would look into:

* Sudden, unexpected deaths
* Deaths of persons who have not been seen by a physician within the last sixty (60) days
* Any death determined to be a health hazard
* Any violent deaths (homicide, suicide)
* Any deaths that are the result of an accident
* Any unusual or unexplained deaths
* Any deaths suspicious of violence
* Any hospital death where the original admission involved any of the above.

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1. Why is the coroner's office involved with this death?
2. When will my loved one be released from the coroner's office?
3. Are autopsies always performed in coroner's cases?
4. How do I obtain a copy of the death certificate?
5. Will my loved one still be able to participate in the Anatomical Gift Act and be a donor?
6. What do I do now?