Coroner’s Investigation and Inquest
An investigation or a public coroner’s inquest may need to be conducted in certain situations; for example, when a person dies in violent or mysterious circumstances, when it is impossible to establish the deceased’s identity or when the cause of death is unknown. In such situations, the police notify the Bureau du coroner.
When a coroner conducts an investigation, the body remains under guard until the deceased’s identity has been established or, if need be, an autopsy has been performed. The body is then entrusted to the funeral home chosen by the family. The coroner must give a copy of the Authorization to Dispose of the Body form to the funeral director to ensure that the family has the information needed to open the succession. If a problem arises concerning a death, the chief coroner may order a public inquest.