The Coroner’s Office makes every effort to contact a legal representative or next-of-kin as quickly as possible. Speedy notification is not always possible due to a variety of factors, such as if the victim had no identification.
To prevent a false notification, the Coroner’s Office wants to be absolutely sure of the identity of the victim before notification.
Please remember that although the victim may have been separated from his/her spouse, without a legally recognized separation or divorce decree, the spouse is still the legal next-of-kin and is usually the one who will be notified. Sometimes this may present a difficulty to other family members who believe they should be notified.
Locating next-of-kin, especially if out of state or country, make take some time.