The body will be released to the funeral home of the family's choice following the coroner's exam to determine the cause and manner of death. If there is sufficient medical history along with sufficient explanation surrounding the death and if there is no evidence of foul play, the body will be released to the funeral home that your family has chosen. If, however, there is any evidence of foul play or if the circumstances of the death that thought to be unusual, an autopsy is usually performed to determine the cause and manner of death.
Viewing and visitation are then permitted by the funeral home. If the family wants an autopsy they may contact a private pathologist for a private autopsy. There is a fee for private autopsies. There is no charge to a family if a coroner's forensic autopsy is performed. Autopsies will not prevent a family from having an open-casket funeral or interfere with viewing of the deceased in a normal manner. Once the body leaves the jurisdiction of the coroner's office, your communication should take place with the funeral home..
NOTE: The decision to perform an autopsy rests with the coroner's office. Family objections may be noted, but an autopsy may be required due to suspicion of violence in the death.