Does Missouri have a law requiring an autopsy on any death unattended by a physician? I know suicides it is a requirement.Friend's father died young, she found him. Didn't say more. Figuring suicide. Not sure. But just wondering what the law is in Missouri
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Missouri
HiThe Missouri law does require an investigation by the State Medical Examiner in certain cases. It may include an autopsy to determine the cause of death. That law can be read here under 58.720 and it states as follows:Medical examiner, certain counties, to investigate, when--death certificate issued, when--place of death--two counties involved, how determined--efforts to accommodate organ donation. 8.720. 1. When any person dies within a county having a medical examiner as a result of:
(1) Violence by homicide, suicide, or Accident;
(2) Thermal, chemical, electrical, or radiation injury;
(3) Criminal abortions, including those self-induced;
(4) Disease thought to be of a hazardous and contagious nature or which might constitute a threat to public health; or when any person dies:
(a) Suddenly when in apparent good health;
(b) When unattended by a physician, chiropractor, or an accredited Christian Science practitioner, during the period of thirty-six hours immediately preceding his death;
(c) While in the custody of the law, or while an inmate in a public institution;
(d) In any unusual or suspicious manner;
the police, sheriff, law enforcement officer or official, or any person having knowledge of such a death shall immediately notify the office of the medical examiner of the known facts concerning the time, place, manner and circumstances of the death. Immediately upon receipt of notification, the medical examiner or his designated assistant shall take charge of the dead body and fully investigate the essential facts concerning the medical causes of death. He may take the names and addresses of witnesses to the death and shall file this information in his office. The medical examiner or his designated assistant shall take possession of all property of value found on the body, making exact inventory thereof on his report and shall direct the return of such property to the person entitled to its custody or possession. The medical examiner or his designated assistant examiner shall take possession of any object or article which, in his opinion, may be useful in establishing the cause of death, and deliver it to the prosecuting attorney of the county.
20 years practicing law
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