There are two procedures that can be used or this. First, the heirs of the deceased can give written consent to the police and/or medical examiner's office to exhume the body. Second, if the heirs (executor/administrator) will not give such permission, then the police would have to get a warrant from the court
to dig up the body or the family, if the police are not involved would have to file a civil suit to have the body dug up and sent to their private medical examiner.
The police would need probable cause
, which is something more than a hunch, to show that there is a likelihood a crime was committed. Same with anyone who has to sue to get the court order as they would need some type of proof there was a poisoning in order for the court to order this.
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