Medical Examiner reports should be requested via our online submission form visit page. The Medical Examiner report will include toxicology findings when applicable.
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While the final decision on whether or not to perform an autopsy is determined by the County Medical Examiner, family wishes are taken into consideration whenever possible. Please make your wishes known, but understand that the Medical Examiner must determine what to do using their experience and following the legal requirements of the State and Federal government. Not everyone who is examined is autopsied.
A Medical Examiner report is typically available 90 days after an investigation takes place. If you are requesting a report for a death that occurred more than three months prior to your request, the report is typically provided within 1-2 weeks of your report request submission.
The Medical Examiner documents the articles of clothing, jewelry, and items that were contained in the pockets of the clothing (money, credit cards, etc.) and releases these items to the funeral home at the time your loved one’s care is transferred. In some cases, the belongings are released to law enforcement as evidence.
There is a 24/7 phone number for law enforcement agencies only to report deaths to the Medical Examiner’s Office. If anyone other than a law enforcement agency calls to report a death, they must report it to their local law enforcement agency.
Choose a mortuary and let them know that your loved one is at our facility. The mortuary will contact our office, and arrangements will be made to transfer your loved one’s care to them after our examination is complete. They will make you aware of the timeframe, as arrangements for each case are unique.
Visit the Information for Families page for a full list of mortuaries in Gila and Pinal County.
The Pinal County Public Fiduciary's Office manages Indigent Burials. For further information and qualification requirements, please call the Public Fiduciary at 520-866-7252 and ask to speak to someone about the Indigent Burials.
No. In the vast majority of cases, identification is confirmed prior to the arrival of the deceased at MEO. An immediate family member may make a written or electronic request for an identification meeting, at which will be conducted the viewing of photographs of the decedent or any distinguishing marks of the decedent or any information that may assist the immediate family in establishing or confirming identity. Identification meetings will occur within 48 hours, excluding weekends and legal holidays. (ARS 11-597.01)