What is in the Medical Examiner Report and how do I obtain a copy?

A Medical Examiner Report is completed for all jurisdictional cases and summarizes the circumstances surrounding the death, medical and social histories, and forensic examination findings. The Medical Examiner Report may contain details about medical procedures, injuries, and medical findings which may be upsetting for some next of kin. 

Copies of the report(s) are available upon completion of the case. Completion time will vary depending on the complexity, circumstances, and need for additional testing or investigation required for each individual case. The OME strives to complete 90% of our cases within 90 days. 

For updates on cause and manner of death and availability of the report, you can visit the Case Status feature on our website. You may also request a report on the website by clicking here.

Alternatively, you may contact Administrative Support Services at (602) 506-3322 to request a copy of the report. There is no fee to obtain a copy of the report if you are legal next of kin or if you request an electronic report. 


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1. Print a PDF version of the Information for Next of Kin pamphlet:
2. Why is the Office of the Medical Examiner involved?
3. Why is the death being investigated?
4. How are bodies transported for examination, and where?
5. What types of exams are performed?
6. What if I do not want an autopsy of my family member?
7. Can I request an autopsy of my family member?
8. Is an open casket viewing possible after an autopsy has been completed?
9. How is the time of death determined?
10. What is toxicology testing?
11. How is identification confirmed?
12. Can I request a viewing of my family member?
13. What is the process for the release of my family member?
14. If I cannot select a funeral home or mortuary will the Office of the Medical Examiner provide one?
15. How do I receive my family member's personal effects?
16. How quickly will cause and manner of death be determined?
17. What is in the Medical Examiner Report and how do I obtain a copy?
18. How do I receive death benefits if the cause and manner of death is pending?
19. How do I obtain a copy of the Death Certificate?
20. I still have questions or need assistance regarding the death of a loved one. Who can help me?