The death of a loved one can cause tremendous stress and sorrow. We hope our information for families brochure (PDF) will assist you during the grieving process, and help answer questions about the autopsy process and the role of the medical examiner.
- Hennepin County provides burial assistance to families who are unable to afford the full cost of burial, funeral or cremation expenses, if the death occurred in Hennepin County.
- If the death occurred in Scott County, call 952-445-7750.
- If the death occurred in Dakota County, call 651-554-5710.
An autopsy is not always done as part of the investigation/examination process. If you are unsure whether an autopsy was completed, please contact us at 612-215-6300. If an autopsy was completed and you are the immediate next of kin and would like a copy of an autopsy report, please complete the form below, enclose payment and return to the Medical Examiner's Office.
Most autopsy reports are completed within 8-12 weeks. However, because each investigation is unique, the time frame can vary widely. Initial toxicology results are usually available within 2-3 weeks, but final results may take longer if further testing is necessary.
The funeral director handling the final arrangements for your loved one can assist you in getting copies of the death certificate.
You can also obtain certified copies from Vital Records offices in: