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AGO 1998 No. 11 >  October 28, 1998
DEATH - DEATH CERTIFICATES - OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTIES - CORONER
Authority to issue certificate of presumptive death The county coroner or equivalent officer has discretion to decide whether to issue a certificate of presumptive death as to a person whose body has not been found but who may be presumed to have drowned in the waters of the county or in contiguous waters as a result of an accident or natural disaster; the officer's decision must take into account where the person was last seen and where the events occurred which probably caused the person's death, in addition to such other factors as may be relevant.
AGO 1953 No. 65 >  June 4, 1953
OFFICERS - DEATH - DEATH CERTIFICATES - WHO SHOULD SIGN
OFFICERS ‑- DEATH ‑- DEATH CERTIFICATES ‑- WHO SHOULD SIGN 1. Where death occurs without medical attendance and circumstances suggest that the death or still-birth [[stillbirth]]was caused by unlawful or unnatural causes, the coroner, or if there is no coroner, the prosecuting attorney should sign the death certificate. 2. Where death occurs without medical attendance and there is no suspicion of death from unlawful or unnatural causes, either the local health officer, his deputy, or the coroner; or if there is no health officer and no coroner, then the prosecuting attorney should sign the certificate.
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