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    If my loved one is not identified, what happens?

    If my loved one is not identified, how long will it be before the body is released?

    An unidentified body cannot be released until a positive identity is established.  In most instances, visual identification by a next-of-kin is sufficient.  In some cases, however, visual identification is not possible.  Under such circumstances, the medical examiner's office will attempt to identify the body by fingerprint comparison, dental identification or DNA comparison.  Depending on the technique applied, it may take several days or more.  You may contact Investigations Section at 817-920-5700 to check the status of identification.