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Identification

The proper identification of the deceased is the responsibility of the OME and needs to be correctly established as soon as possible. If your agency has determined the identity of the individual prior to the arrival of our investigator, please inform our investigator of the means by which this identification occurred – visual ID by family member or friend, visual by photo identification card at the scene, tattoos, circumstantial evidence (please clarify), etc.

If identification will be based upon circumstances, distinctive markings (scars, surgeries, tattoos), or the deceased has a criminal record please inform us early on.

If identification will be based upon fingerprint, dental or DNA comparisons, our agencies will coordinate efforts to determine the most efficient means to make a positive identification.

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