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Immediate family members may receive a copy upon request. For family members of the deceased requesting information about obtaining postmortem reports, please call the Medical Examiner’s Office at (253) 798-6494 or email the office at PCMEDEXAM@piercecountywa.gov.
In many cases the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office (PCMEO) requests a toxicology analysis from the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory in Seattle, WA. This typically involves sending a blood sample to the lab which then tests for selected medications as well as common drugs of abuse, and returns a report to our office. This process typically takes approximately 12 to 14 weeks, but may take longer depending on the lab’s workload, staffing, and the complexity of the testing required. For some cases, the pathologist may be able to complete the Cause and Manner of Death and issue an autopsy report prior to toxicology testing being complete. In other cases, however, accurate determination of the Cause and Manner of Death, and finalization of the autopsy report, cannot be accomplished until the results of toxicology testing are known.
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