Regional Forensic Science Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary for me to come to the Medical Examiner's Office to identify the body?

Will and autopsy be performed?

Is viewing allowed?

How do I obtain an autopsy report?

How do I obtain a death certificate?

What if I need information other than an autopsy report or a death certificate?

  1. Is it necessary for me to come to the Medical Examiner's Office to identify the body?  No. In the majority of cases, visual identification by family, friends or acquaintances is not necessary. 
  2. Will an autopsy be performed?  An autopsy will only be performed when there is a need to establish the cause of death or in cases where criminal/civil proceedings may follow. The Medical Examiner will not perform an autopsy if the cause of death can be determined from outside medical informants, review of records or other qualified means.  Family objections to autopsies are evaluated on a case by case basis, therefore families may be requested to complete an autopsy wavier form.
  3. Is viewing allowed?  No. Our facilities are not service-oriented. Viewing is prohibited at our offices due to biological hazards, therefore bodies will only be available for viewing at the selected funeral home.
  4. How do I obtain an autopsy report?  Autopsy reports, once completed, are public records under the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).  To receive a free copy of an autopsy report via email or a printed certified copy of an autopsy report, please contact the Clerk of District Court at (316) 660-5900. 
  5. How do I obtain a death certificate?  Death certificates, once completed, can be obtained by contacting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Statistics at 1 (785) 296-1400.
  6. What if I need information other than an autopsy report or a death certificate? Records and other information can also be obtained at rfscinfo@sedgwick.gov.