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Is an autopsy always performed?
No, An autopsy is performed when the cause and manner of death is not known. An autopsy is also performed on all fire deaths, all criminal deaths, all unexpected deaths, and the death of an infant and child.
Who performs the autopsy?
In the State of Indiana the autopsy must be performed by a Board Certified Pathologist. In Vanderburgh County we use Forensic Pathologist.
Is there any cost to the family?
No, when the Coroner orders the autopsy there is no cost to the family.
Where can I get a copy of the autopsy report?
An autopsy report is an investigative record. It can only be released to the next-of-kin or an insurance company who has a claim arising from the death per I.C.36-2-14-18.
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