When is an autopsy necessary?
The Klickitat County Coroner's Office (KCCO) has set up a framework from which the decision to autopsy is made by KCCO personnel. Actual situations may require variance from this outline. Autopsies may be required due to circumstance or age; autopsy by circumstance always overrides autopsy by age. An autopsy will be performed for any death surrounded by suspicious circumstances to include any possibility of homicide, suicide, accident, occupational hazard contributing to the cause of death as well as any death occurring while the decedent was in custody, law enforcement or otherwise, and any stillborn with possibility of neglect or criminality.

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1. When will the Coroner be called?
2. What does the Coroner do during a death investigation?
3. When is an autopsy necessary?
4. How long does a death investigation take?
5. Who is the next of kin (NOK)?
6. At what level of certainty are we responsible for making our determinations of cause and manner of death?
7. How long does the Coroner keep a record of a death investigation, and how can I get a copy of my loved one's report?
8. Who is authorized to view our reports?
9. Where do I get a certified death certificate for a loved one who has died?
10. What do I do if I find bones in the woods?
11. Who handles Native American Remains?