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What information does an official coroner's report include?

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Some of the information contained in an official coroner's report includes the name and address of the medical examiner performing the autopsy, personal details about the deceased, descriptions of evidence gathered during examination of the body and any lab tests ordered. Most reports are valuable for individuals who may have died from unnatural causes.

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The head of a coroner's report often contains a case number that certifies and classifies the report. It also usually contains the name of the investigating agency, the name of any present witness, the name of the person who identified the body and details about the decedent, such as his race, gender, and dates of birth and death.

The bulk of a coroner's report describes what the deceased is wearing, including clothing and jewelry. This counts as part of the external examination. Another chunk of the report describes contents the examiner finds in the stomach and intestines, as well as information regarding the heart, brain and other organs. This all counts as part of the internal examination. The report also documents tissue samples the examiner sends for laboratory analysis. The examiner takes note of the decedent's medical history to see if that played a role in his death. The examiner records the methodology used to determine the date and time of death, and if possible, also states a cause of death.

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