Yes. Scene photographs and/or postmortem examination photographs may be released upon presentation of a properly executed medical release or ‘next-of-kin’ letter, which must contain all of the following elements to be considered valid:
1. The requestor’s full name, address, and contact
2. A statement indicating the requestor is the nearest legal next-of-kin and providing his/her relationship to the decedent;
3. The specific information the requestor is seeking (e.g., all autopsy and/or scene photographs);
4. The requestor’s notarized signature affixed to the letter; and
5. A copy of the requestor’s driver license.
Non-family members can make a request for the scene and autopsy photographs upon presentation of a properly executed and notarized medical release from the legal next-of-kin. All requests received from either family or non-family members will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
In either instance, there is a cost associated with reproducing the photographic materials; the current fee is listed on the annual fee schedule viewable via this link: Fee Schedule. Payment must be made via an enclosed cashier’s check, money order or firm check (if attorney), made payable to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. The request, properly executed medical release/next-of-kin letter and payment should be mailed to:
Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office
200 Feliks Gwozdz Place
Fort Worth, TX 76104-4919
Upon receipt of the request, properly executed medical release/next-of-kin letter and payment, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will mail the photographs to the address specified by the requestor.
For further questions regarding this topic, please contact the Custodian of Records at 817-920-5700, extension 8679.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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