The information contained within an autopsy report is confidential and treated as a medical record.
The final report is available at no charge to the immediate and legal next of kin (spouse, adult child, parent, adult sibling or grandparent) by clicking on the Request for Autopsy Report Form.
If there is a request for a copy of the report from someone other than those legally entitled (e.g. insurance company or private attorney), the request must be submitted on their letterhead and include a HIPAA form signed by the legal next of kin. The request must be accompanied by a check for $40.00 (made payable to the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office).
Autopsy results and reports are NOT given out until the case file is complete. If the death was suspicious or the autopsy report contains sensitive material that could jeopardize a criminal investigation, there may be an additional delay before it is released.