Bodies brought to the medical examiner’s office are generally ready for release to a funeral home or crematorium within 24 hours; although, rarely, a body is held longer for legal purposes. Additionally, upon non-binding request, the remains may be released in the shortest possible time to honor religious, cultural or other family beliefs.
Once the examination is complete and the closest legal next-of-kin
has designated a funeral home or cremation service, the body will be
released to the mortuary or crematorium as specified upon receipt of a
valid body release form. Family members should notify the funeral
director to call the medical examiner’s office for release of the
body, or may contact the office at 817-920-5700 to provide information
regarding the funeral home selected.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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