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The document below contains information that may be helpful to family members (next-of-kin) who are dealing with issues related to the death of a family member, loved one, or friend.   It describes some of our procedures and places where various types of information may be obtained. For additional information, see the "Procedures-Training-Systems" section of this web site.


Fulton County Medical Examiner   (404)613-4400


Concerning the death of:_______________________________________

The Fulton County Medical Examiner Investigator who is investigating the death is:


Please contact this Investigator directly for specific questions regarding the investigation. The Investigator will try to answer any questions you have, or make sure you are able to contact someone who can answer the question for you.

The deceased has been taken to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Center for examination. This examination is required by law in cases of sudden or unexplained death, accidental or traumatic death, death while on the job, deaths involving children, or in any case when the decedent was unattended by a physician.

Funeral Home: You and your family should choose a funeral home. Please note: it is illegal for any funeral home to solicit your business. Your choice should not be influenced in any way by any funeral home or official unless you contact them first.

Viewing:     The Fulton County Medical Examiner sometimes needs to have family members or friends view a photo of the deceased at the Medical Examiner's office in order to make a positive identification. Otherwise, the deceased should be viewed at the funeral home. An Investigator will tell you if it is necessary to come to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Personal Effects: Personal property, such as jewelry and money, is often retrieved from the Medical Examiner's Office by the funeral home you select. The funeral home then turns the property over to you. If you would like to retrieve the item(s) yourself, please contact us by phone. Please be prepared to provide photographic proof of your identity and relationship to your loved one. Clothing and some other items may, in some cases, be retained as evidence and not returned to you. If you have questions about personal effects, please feel free to call us. If a weapon such as a gun has been taken by our office, it is customary for us to keep it for 90 days before releasing it back to you, or, destroying it if you wish.

Death Certificate: The funeral home you choose will obtain the death certificate from the Fulton County Medical Examiner and must file it with the county Vital Records Office. You may obtain certified copies of the death certificate through your funeral home or from the County Vital Records Office. There will probably be fees for such copies.

Autopsy Report: You may obtain a copy of the autopsy report through the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office after completing a written request. There is no fee for families, but a fee may be charged to other parties requesting a report, which may be mailed or paid in person. The autopsy report will be available as soon as all laboratory testing is completed. Many reports are available within 7-10 days, but others may take several weeks in some cases. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory completes most laboratory testing, and usually takes at least 6 - 8 weeks for completion. You may obtain testing reports directly from the GBI Crime Lab; (404) 244-2500.

Police Report: If a police agency is investigating the death, you may obtain police reports directly from that agency. Several agencies are listed for your convenience.

Medical Records: Medical records must be requested directly from the hospital or healthcare center involved. Normally a written request is required from a family member.

Social Security Benefits: You may file for social security benefits, if appropriate, by contacting the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. Have the correct social security number available.

Veterans Benefits: For veterans, you may contact the Veterans Administration Office at 1-800-827-1000 regarding benefits. Have the correct social security number available.

Insurance: Notify the appropriate insurance agent of the death.

Bank(s): Notify the appropriate bank(s) of the death.


Police Agencies Telephone Numbers:

Alpharetta Police (678) 297-6300
Atlanta Police Central Records (404) 546-7461
Atlanta Police Hit and Run Division (404) 765-2808
Atlanta Police Homicide Division (404) 546-4235
Chattahoochee Hills Police (770) 463-8881
College Park Police (404) 761-3131
East Point Police (404) 559-6226
Fairburn Police (770) 964-1441
Fulton County Police   (404) 613-5700
Hapeville Police (404) 768-7171
Johns Creek Police (678) 474-1600
Milton Police (678) 242-2570
Palmetto Police (770) 463-9068
Roswell Police (770) 640-4100
Sandy Springs Police (770) 551-6900
Union City Police (770) 964-1333

Fulton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging diversity. If you need reasonable modifications due to a disability, including communications in an alternate format, please contact 404-613-4502. For TDD/TTY or Georgia Relay Service Access, dial 711.  


Other Telephone Numbers and Contact Information

TTY/Hearing Impaired: (404) 730-1608

Fulton County District Attorney: (404) 612-4980

Fulton County Victim/Witness Assistance: (404) 612-4986

Georgia Coalition on Donation (Eye, organs, tissues)   Phone: 866-57-SHARE

Counseling and other services (Non-Profit)

Fulton County Emergency Mental Health Services: (404) 730-1600 (24 hours)

HUGGS (Healing and Understanding for Grieving Suicide Survivors) 404-616-2897

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia 1-800-CHILDREN   email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance of Georgia   1-800-221-SIDS

FrontPorch of Atlanta, Inc (Non Profit)
(For Grieving Children and Their Families)   Phone 770-730-5858   www.thefrontporch.org

The Link (Counseling)   404-256-9797

The Odyssey (Counseling) (Hapeville)   404-669-3462

The Odyssey (Counseling) (McDonough) 770-957-6256

Families First (Counseling) 404-853-2844

Village of St. Joseph (Counseling) 404-321-2900

Infant Death Counseling (Fulton County Child Health Services): (404)730-4029

Project SAVE (Sudden Cardiac Death Awareness, Vision for Prevention, Education) 404-785-7201

Death Scene Cleaning and Repair:* (The following Companies are properly permitted in the State of Georgia):

Aftermath 800-366-9923  www.aftermath.com/georgia-crime-scene-clean-up/  

Atlanta Crime Scene Cleanup, LLC. 770-361-7834 www.atlantacrimescenecleanup.com

Bio-One Atlanta  404-889-6411  www.biooneatl.com

CTS Decon 678-993-3092 www.affordablecrimescenecleanup.com  

GeorgiaClean 404-456-3665

Metro Bio Clean 678-591-1154

Rubicon Bio Clean (Smyrna, GA). 404-537-3700 www.rubiconbioclean.com

Southern Bio Recovery 404-952-3228

* These services are listed as information and listing here does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation.

 If death resulted from violence, some police agencies have a victim support program or can refer you to an agency that can provide you and your family with counseling and other assistance.

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