It is recommended that if a family member or loved one wish to view a decedent, it is done at a funeral home or cremation facility as we do not have the same resources as those facilities. Confirmation of a decedent’s identity must occur before they can be released to the funeral home or cremation facility. We will work with family and funeral directors to get a decedent released from our facility as quickly as possible.
Positive identification is confirmed through scientific means such as fingerprints, radiology, dental, or DNA comparison. In some cases, the next of kin may be contacted by the Franklin County Forensic Science Center to come in a make a visual identification of their loved one by viewing a photograph. The next of kin will sign a confirmation form confirming the identification of the decedent.