Who can obtain copies of the autopsy report and death certificate?


The cause and manner of death is a matter of public record and can be released, unless release of such information will hinder or harm an ongoing criminal investigation [Iowa Code 22.7(41)]. The remainder of the information contained within an autopsy report is confidential and treated as a medical record. This information is available to the legal next-of-kin. Others who may receive copies of the autopsy report include treating physicians, law enforcement agencies investigating the death, and county attorneys.

Printed from the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner website on July 03, 2022 at 6:03pm.