How can I get a copy of the autopsy report?

The family can request a copy of the autopsy report by submitting a written request via email, mail or fax. Please include the following:
• Decedent’s full name
• Decedent’s date of death
• Decedent’s date of birth
• Your relationship to the decedent
• State that you are requesting a copy of the autopsy report
• Include your return address and contact number

Note: If requesting by mail, a self-addressed, stamped envelope will need to be provided with the request. Email request to: rshelton@buchmo.org. Please note that no reports will be released if an ongoing criminal case exists. Only after a criminal case is adjudicated or dismissed will an autopsy report be released.

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1. Why is a body brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office?
2. What is an autopsy?
3. Can I prevent an autopsy from taking place?
4. Will acceptance of a case by the Medical Examiner’s Office mean that organ or tissue donation cannot take place?
5. When will the body be released from the Medical Examiner’s office?
6. Where will the personal property of the deceased by located?
7. What hours are you open?
8. Is there a charge for a Medical Examiner Autopsy?
9. How do I arrange to have the body released?
10. Where do I obtain a copy of the death certificate?
11. How can I get a copy of the autopsy report?
12. Is the Medical Examiner’s Office involved in Hospice death cases?