What is the role of the Coroner's Office?

Ohio Law requires that the Coroner investigate deaths of persons dying from criminal violence, by accident, suicide, suddenly, in detention, or any suspicious or unusual manner. When the identity of the deceased or next-of-kin is unknown, or a physician has not seen the deceased for a reasonable period of time, the body may be brought to the Coroner's Office. The Coroner may perform a forensic autopsy, investigate the circumstances of the death and issue a report.

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1. What is the role of the Coroner's Office?
2. What is a Forensic Autopsy?
3. When is an Autopsy performed?
4. How do families benefit from autopsies?
5. Is there a charge for an autopsy?
6. Does the Coroner need permission from the next-of-kin for an autopsy?
7. How long does it take for a death ruling to be made?
8. How can a Funeral Director be selected?
9. Are there religious conflicts?
10. Where may property of the deceased be located?
11. When will the autopsy report be completed?
12. How can the Coroner's records be obtained?
13. How do communities benefit from autopsies?
14. Will an autopsy affect funeral arrangements?