How to Obtain Autopsy Reports in Texas

by Katherine Williams

Autopsies are surgical procedures that confirm the cause and manner of death. Autopsies are conducted by a coroner, medical examiner or forensic pathologist in the state of Texas. The Texas Public Information Act deems autopsies public information. Anyone can request an autopsy report.

Contact the medical examiner's office in charge of the autopsy. In Texas, the medical examiner's office conducts autopsies according to the county in which death occurred.

Send a handwritten or typed letter requesting the autopsy report. You may have to complete an autopsy request form (if available).

Include your contact information with your request. Specify your relationship to the deceased, too. Be sure to identify the deceased using his complete name and date of death. Enclose your payment in the methods specified by the medical examiner's office.

Tip

  • There is usually no charge for autopsy reports if you are a family member. However, it is wise to ask about fees prior to sending your request. You may request autopsy reports in person or by fax at some medical examiner offices.

About the Author

Katherine Williams has been writing since 2007. She has covered crime for her neighborhood newspaper, "Sienna News," as well as health and wellness for various online publications. Williams is a medical coordinator at a renowned hospital for cancer patients and holds an Associate of Arts in health-care administration from Houston Community College.

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