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Unclaimed Human Remains

Lost, Unidentified, Unclaimed

FingerprintSt. Louis County has a number of unclaimed human remains. Usually these people have lost contact with their families prior to death, have no family or friends, or died unidentified. Each state and county has different procedures they must follow in these cases.  St. Louis County posts the names in hopes that the legal next of kin can be located. 
Unclaimed Human Remains Medical Examiner Laws and Data Practices

What Are the Laws?

Unexpected Death: All sudden or unexpected deaths and all deaths that may be due entirely or in part to any factor other than natural disease processes must be promptly reported to the coroner or medical examiner for evaluation per MN Statute 390.11 - Investigations.

Moving a Body: A person may not move, interfere with, or handle the body or the effects of a deceased subject to an investigation by the coroner or medical examiner per MN Statute 390.221 - Bodies; Effects; Custody

Jurisdiction: The coroner or medical examiner of the county in which a person dies or is pronounced dead shall have jurisdiction over the death, regardless of where any injury that resulted in the death occurred per MN Statute 390.012 - Jurisdiction

Possessions: The coroner or medical examiner may take possession of all articles that may be useful in establishing the cause or manner of death, identification, or next of kinof the deceased.  The coroner or medical examiner shall release all firearms, when no longer needed, to the law enforcement agency handling the investigation.  See MN Statute 390.225 regarding Retention and Release of Property.

Data: Medical Examiner Data is classified by Data Practices Chapter 13.83. "Medical Examiner Data" means data relating to deceased individuals and the manner and circumstances of their death.  Some data is classified as public.

Morgue: Every county need not have a morgue, but there must be a system or process for receiving, storing, and releasing all dead bodies per MN Statute 390.061 - Morgue

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