How Bodies are Identified?

A family member or friend will be asked by the police to formally identify the person’s body. If a visual identification is not possible, it may be necessary for other means of identification to be used, such as dental records or fingerprints.

The Coroner will decide whether a post mortem examination needs to be performed. Note that unless this cause of death is determined the necessary paper work will not be complete in order to repatriate or bury the body.