When is an autopsy performed, and what if I disagree with the decision regarding autopsy for my loved one?

While the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office is obligated by Colorado  Revised Statutes and the National Association of Medical Examiners to perform autopsies under specific circumstances, in many circumstances the manner and cause of death can be determined by review of scene investigation, external examination of the decedent, review of medical  records, and interviews with physicians and family members. While the  final decision to perform an autopsy rests with the Coroner, the next of kin’s wishes are considered.

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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?