The coroner has jurisdiction for decedents who are not immediately claimed by relatives or friends. Once the coroner assumes jurisdiction for an unclaimed decedent, the decedent is transported to a local funeral home. The coroner attempts to locate anyone who has a legal right to claim the decedent. If a legal claimant cannot be found, the coroner then signs an authorization for the decedent to be cremated. Cremated remains are held by the coroner.
The coroner currently holds the cremated remains of the following unclaimed decedents:
Unclaimed cremated remains may be claimed by relatives, friends, or organizations. Any information regarding cremated remains that occurred before 2008 please contact the Coroner’s office for more information 509-574-1610.