How can I find out about the cause of death?

Following the post-mortem examination of a decedent's body, the Deputy Medical Examiner (Investigator) will contact the legal next of kin with preliminary findings (if they wish to be notified). If the cause of death cannot be determined immediately (requiring further investigation and/or studies), you may request that a copy of the final autopsy report be mailed as soon as it is complete.

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1. Who can I speak to about a death investigation?
2. Is it necessary that I identify the body at the Medical Examiner's Office?
3. How can I find out about the cause of death?
4. How can I retrieve my loved one's personal possessions?
5. When will my loved one's body be released?
6. How long does it take to get the results of the postmortem examination/investigation?
7. How can I get a copy of the death certificate?
8. Can a "pending" death certificate be used as proof of death?
9. What if the funeral is held out of state?