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Medical Examiner

The Medical Examiner's office investigates deaths due to violence, accidents and those not attended by a physician.

Medical Examiner

The Medical Examiner's office investigates deaths due to violence, accidents and those not attended by a physician. The Medical Examiner's office also determines whether or not autopsies should be conducted.

Key information


Staff is available to take your calls Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 586-469-5214. 


43585 Elizabeth Road

Mount Clemens, MI 48043


FAX: 586-469-6636

2024 fee schedule

  • Autopsy/toxicology report - $67
  • Cremation permit - $93
  • Body bags - $25
  • Microscopic slide recuts - $23
  • Photo disc - $117

Online payments 

Autopsy and toxicology reports 

Cremation permits and body bags

Frequently asked questions

To investigate deaths in the county in order to determine which cases fall under the Medical Examiner's jurisdiction and to determine cause and manner of death. In Medical Examiner's cases, an example of cause of death would be hypertensive heart disease. Manner of death is grouped into categories: natural, homicide, suicide, accident, pending, or indeterminate.

The Medical Examiner's office is responsible for handling any unexpected or trauma related deaths. Natural deaths typically do not fall under the medical examiner's jurisdiction unless there is insufficient medical history to have a death certificate signed by a physician.

No. A complete autopsy may not be performed if there is adequate medical history to establish the cause of death and there are no signs of foul play.

According to Michigan state law, the Medical Examiner does not need permission from the next-of-kin before an autopsy can be conducted.

The Medical Examiner must grant permission for the organ procurement agency to proceed with tissue or organ procurement in order to ensure that the duties of the investigation are not compromised. Outside of that, tissue or organ donation is handled through the organ procurement agency.

Most autopsy cases can be released within 24-48 hours. Some cases requiring further investigation may not be available for release as quickly. The Medical Examiner's office makes every attempt to complete its investigation as rapidly and efficiently as possible; however, isolated cases may take additional time. The next-of-kin is responsible for making funeral arrangements. Once services are arranged, the funeral home will contact the Medical Examiner's office to notify us they will be handling the services. They are required to present a release form signed by the next-of-kin to pick up the body.

Personal property brought in with the body is inventoried and then released to the funeral home. In some instances such as a homicide, personal property is considered evidence and will be released to the investigating law enforcement agency.

The autopsy report is available when the pathologist has received all the results from the tests at autopsy and compiled these findings into a report. A Pending Death certificate will be certified once the pathologist has reviewed the file and the investigating police agency has finalized their investigation.

Contact the Medical Examiner's office

Phone: 586-469-5214.