Human Remains

 
 

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 kin of 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

Unclaimed

If you have any information regarding the legal next-of-kin for any of those listed, please contact:

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office
Telephone 218-726-2430.

Note: Claiming remains does not imply any financial obligation.

Allen, Glenn
Date of Birth: March 30, 1938
ME Case # DI-09-329
Details: Glenn Allen died in hospice care at St. Mary's Medical Center at 407 East 3rd Street, Duluth, Minnesota on July 9, 2009.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Christus, Lot 532, Plot # 1. Burial # 27728

Bridges, Glenn Albert
Date of Birth: August 14, 1948
ME Case # DI-07-500
Details: Glenn Bridges was found deceased in his apartment at Carter Hotel, 27 North 2nd Avenue East, Duluth, Minnesota on October 31, 2007.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Arcadia, Lot 139, Plot # 6. Burial # 25602

Hadley, David
Date of Birth: December 5, 1946
ME Case #
Details: David Hadley was found deceased of natural causes on April 5, 2010. He was buried on April 8, 2010.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Last Supper Lot 377, Space #4. Burial # 25805

Hanson-Pelawa, Shirley
Date of Birth: November 11, 1957
ME Case # DI-10-125
Details: Shirley Hanson-Pelawa was found deceased of natural causes in her apartment at 1019 North 13th Avenue E, Duluth, MN 55805 on March 12, 2010. She was buried on March 12, 2010.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Last Supper Lot 377, Space #3. Burial # 25793

Helgeson, Melvin Kenneth
Date of Birth: December 12, 1950
ME Case # DI-06-580
Details: Mr. Helgeson was found deceased in his apartment at 214 East 4th Street, Duluth, Minnesota on December 18, 2006.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Section F, Block 5, Lot 23, Plot # 3. Burial # 25536

Hull, Kenneth Dale
Date of Birth: May 14, 1953
ME Case # DI-07-245
Details: Mr. Hull was found deceased in his apartment at 101 West 3rd Street, Apt. 427, Duluth, Minnesota on June 8, 2007.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Section F, Block 19, Lot 10, Plot # 3. Burial # 25543

Johnson, Marne (aka Jousha, Megan Ashley)
Date of Birth: April 4, 1969
ME Case #
Details: The Medical Examiner is looking for the next of kin for Marne Johnson. Marne had her name legally changed several years previous to her death. Marne Johnson, aka Megan Ashley Jousha, was found deceased in her apartment at 115 N. 22nd Avenue W in Duluth, MN on August 17, 2009.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Garden of Good Shepard, Lot 57, Grave # 3. Burial # 25747
Note: Some next of kin have been located but the legal next of kin has not been found.

Leddy, Brian
Date of Birth: May 8, 1955
ME Case # DI-09-2009
Details: Mr. Leddy was found deceased in his apartment at 226 North 2nd Avenue East, Apt. 920, Duluth, Minnesota on July 28, 2009.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Good Shepard, Lot # 57, Plot # 2. Burial # 25739.

Roy, Andrew Ralph
Date of Birth: January 14, 1951
ME Case # DI-06-528
Details: Mr. Roy was found deceased in his apartment at 1717 East 1st Street, Apartment 4, Duluth, Minnesota on November 11, 2006.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Arcadia, Lot 139, Plot # 6. Burial # 25602
Note: Family claimed remains after internment. Some next of kin have been located but the legal next of kin has not been found.

Sutkowy, Ted
Date of Birth: November 5, 1919
ME Case #
Details: Ted Sutkowy was found deceased of natural causes at his home at 3215 Elm Street, Duluth, MN 55806.
Burial Site: Oneota Cemetery, Lot West Y259, Section 2, Block 2, next to his parents, John and Marian.

Ward, Daniel Clarence
Date of Birth: August 31, 1954
ME Case # DI-07-413
Details: Mr. Ward was found deceased in his apartment at Midtown Manor I, 2021 West 2nd Street, Apt. 809, Duluth, Minnesota on September 18, 2007.
Burial Site: Park Hill Cemetery, Arcadia, Lot 139, Plot # 4. Burial # 25581