How is identification confirmed?

Your family member is identified through visual comparison to a legal form of identification, photograph identification by family, or forensic methods including fingerprints, DNA, dental charts, or other unique identifying marks. In situations where an immediate family member questions the identification or wishes to assist in the identification process, a written or electronic request can be submitted to request an identification meeting pursuant to A.R.S. §11-597.01

Note: The Office of the Medical Examiner is a forensic medical setting and only the viewing of a photograph is used for identification. Physical viewings are not allowed at this location.

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