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    How long will it be before the body is released?

    When will the body be released?

    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.