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    What happens to a decedent’s clothing and personal items?

    Any item identified as evidence will be either retained for further examination or released to the appropriate investigating law enforcement agency.  For questions regarding these items, please contact the Medical Examiner’s Office.

    All other clothing and personal items in the custody of the Medical Examiner’s Office will be released to either the closest legal next-of-kin or with the body to the funeral home or crematory.   Pursuant to state law, all property unclaimed for three years or longer is forwarded to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, where it is held pending claim in accordance with statutes and policies governing that agency.   A search of all property in the current custody of the state comptroller’s office can be accomplished using the following link:

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