We recognize the loss of a loved one can bring deep sorrow. Death investigations are performed in part to assist grieving family and friends. This guide is intended to provide you information about the investigation process, answer some Frequently Asked Questions, and provide a checklist of your unique responsibilities.
About the investigation process
Investigation at the scene of death includes taking photographs, collecting evidence, and obtaining information from family and other witnesses.
From the death scene, the KCMEO Investigators will transport your loved one's body to the Medical Examiner's Office, which is located at 908 Jefferson Street in Seattle (on Harborview Medical Center Campus).
Here, the investigation will continue and will include an examination of the decedent by a qualified KCMEO physician, usually performed the following morning.
The examination may or may not include an autopsy. If one is included, it will be performed by a KCMEO physician in order to most accurately determine the
cause and manner of your loved one's death.
While the examination is being performed, it is time for you to choose a funeral home or crematory to whom the body should be released after the examination is complete. In most cases, this can be accomplished within 24-48 hours.
You may contact KCMEO at any time during the process to inquire about the process or ask about investigation and examination findings.