Will an autopsy be performed?

An autopsy will be performed at no cost to the legal next-of-kin when there is a need to establish the cause and/or manner of death, according to Colorado State Statute, or when it is of forensic value. The legal next-of-kin has the option of a private autopsy if the Coroner’s Office determines there is no forensic value in doing an autopsy. This will be at cost to the legal next-of-kin/requester.

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1. Why is the Coroner involved?
2. Where will my relative/friend be taken?
3. Is it necessary for the next-of-kin to come to the Coroner's office to identify the body? Is viewing allowed?
4. What should I do now?
5. Will an autopsy be performed?
6. How long will it take before my relative/friend is released from your office?
7. Where may I obtain a death certificate?
8. When will the autopsy be completed?
9. Will I be charged for other Coroner services?
10. What about tissue/organ donation?
11. My relative/friend was in the military. Who may I contact for information?
12. There are family members in the service. How are they notified?
13. If there are no funds for burial, what can I do?
14. How and when may personal effects be claimed?
15. I need to enter my relative/friend's residence but it is sealed. What can I do?