May I view or visually identify my relative at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office?

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office is not set up for viewings or visual identification. While we understand the need to visit a loved one who has died, we must insist that such visits occur at the mortuary after the body has been released. Also, forensic identification techniques are used to identify decedents in virtually every case.

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1. I am the legal next of kin and my loved one is at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. What are the next steps?
2. I am the next of kin and there is property at the coroner's office that I need to pick up. How can I do that?
3. I'm not the next of kin, but I would like information about the death of a friend or relative. What information can I obtain?
4. If an autopsy is required for my loved one, will I be charged a fee?
5. May I view or visually identify my relative at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office?
6. My loved one has died and I have no money to pay a mortuary to handle the arrangements. What can I do?
7. What records does the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office produce?
8. What volunteer or internship opportunities are available with the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office?
9. When a person dies, where is the body taken?
10. When is an autopsy performed, and what if I disagree with the decision regarding autopsy for my loved one?
11. When must the coroner's office be notified of a death?