SECTION .0400 ‑ INVESTIGATIONAL PROCEDURES
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.