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The cost of the
actual autopsy, toxicological analyses, and any ancillary studies necessary to
make an accurate determination of an individual's cause and manner of death are
borne by the state of North Dakota.
The expenses incurred in the transportation of bodies to
the office in Bismarck are borne by the county making the referral.
The county coroner with jurisdiction of the body is
responsible for arranging body transportation.
The body should not be embalmed. Clothing, personal
effects, and any medical interventions should remain on the body. The body
must be in an intact body bag with proper identifying tags attached to the body
and body bag for admission to the morgue. The body should be refrigerated
prior to transport if possible. It is also important to remember any
safety equipment or items that aided in the death of the individual (like a
ligature or plastic bag), be left in place for examination by the medical
The clothing and personal effects are removed and
inventoried at the time of autopsy. These items may be retained as
evidence by law enforcement. If no evidence is retained, the clothing and
personal effects are released with the body.
It provides investigative information which may be used,
in addition to the autopsy, in determining the cause and manner of death.
Yes, a completed
Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Form should accompany or follow
infant death referrals. These may be sent by fax or mail.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed the protocol to
provide the medical examiner/pathologist with a comprehensive understanding of
the child's medical history, environmental setting, and the circumstances of
The coroner or any person acting as coroner
shall report to the State Forensic Examiner, in writing, every death where in
the coroner is notified or investigates. These reports may be sent by mail
or faxed a t the coroner's convenience. Reported deaths should use the
Yes, the county coroner files are considered confidential.
The only exception to this confidentiality is the Report of Death document.
This document is generated by the State Forensic Examiner and accompanies all
Autopsy Reports. This Report of Death is a public record subject to
disclosure under section 44-04-18 of the North Dakota Century Code.
You must meet a requirement from above, and the request
must be made in writing. The written request must include the decedent's
full name, date of birth, date of death, your name and relationship to the
decedent, and an address where the report needs to be sent.
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