Is the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit involved in all Placer county deaths? Why are they involved in my loved one’s case?

No, the Coroner’s Unit is not involved in all Placer deaths; only deaths that are deemed reportable to the Coroner’s Unit by CA Government Code 27491. A variety of reasons can require Coroner involvement in some capacity: deaths as a result of homicide, suicide, accidental, or undetermined means; deaths where someone has not been seen by a physician within 20 days of death; sudden deaths where attending physicians cannot determine cause of death; etc.

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1. Is the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit involved in all Placer county deaths? Why are they involved in my loved one’s case?
2. Will I be notified when my loved one is releasable to a funeral home?
3. Can I request an autopsy if the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit has determined they will not be doing an autopsy?
4. Will I be notified when my loved one’s Coroner report and causes/manner of death is finalized?
5. What funeral home should I choose?
6. What if I can’t afford funeral arrangements?
7. Can the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit embalm, cremate, or bury my loved one?
8. Where can I get a death certificate?
9. Can a friend or another family member handle cremation/burial arrangements if the legal next-of-kin is unable or unwilling?
10. My loved one died in Yuba, Sierra, or Nevada county. Why have they been brought to Placer County? Where can I get information about their case and/or the Coroner report?
11. Am I allowed to tour the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit or witness an autopsy?
12. Am I allowed to view the body at the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit?
13. How long does it take to get a Placer county Coroner report? How do I request one?