Section .0400 ‑ Investigational Procedures

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Published: 2015

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10A NCAC 44 .0401          UNCLAIMED BODIES

The chief medical examiner shall retain charge or control of

an unclaimed body for a period of ten days.  During this period, reasonable

effort shall be made to locate relatives of the decedent.  After the search for

relatives has been completed and the required ten day period has passed, each

unclaimed body shall be disposed of by cremation.  The ashes shall be retained

in the control of the chief medical examiner for a period of three years. 

During this time appropriate family members of the decedent may claim and

receive the ashes.  At the end of the three years any unclaimed ashes shall be

disposed of in an appropriate manner.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑381; 130A‑393;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. December 5, 1977;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1984;

Transferred and Recodified from 10 NCAC 11 .0309 Eff. April 4, 1990;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1990.