How do I obtain an Autopsy, Toxicology and/or Inquisition or Coroner Report?

The next of kin may request a copy of the Autopsy, Toxicology and/or Inquisition or Coroner Report.  This request must include:

  • The name of the deceased
  • Date of death

The report should be mailed to and signed by the legal next of kin. The fees associated with these reports are listed under the next question.

Insurance or legal requests for reports may be made in writing, or by using the report request form, and must accompany a written authorization release from the legal next of kin. A check or money order made payable to the Lancaster County Coroner for requested reports must be made prior to release of any reports.

Please verify which reports are available before sending a check. Cash is not accepted).

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1. What are the duties of the coroner?
2. Where is the jurisdiction of the coroner?
3. Who notifies the coroner of a death?
4. Are all deaths reported to the coroner?
5. Are all coroner records available to the public?
6. How do I obtain an Autopsy, Toxicology and/or Inquisition or Coroner Report?
7. What is the cost of those reports?
8. Who performs the autopsy?
9. Why are autopsies performed?
10. If an autopsy is performed, will the decedent still be able to be viewed at the funeral home?
11. Will an autopsy delay the funeral?
12. Does the coroner need approval from the next of kin to order an autopsy?
13. Can the family request an autopsy?
14. Who can retrieve the personal effects recovered from a decedent?
15. When will i know the cause of death?
16. The cause of death listed is pending. What does this mean? When will the final cause of death be determined?
17. How do I obtain a death certificate?
18. Where will my loved one be taken?
19. What do I do now?
20. What funeral home should I choose?