390.21 DISPOSITION; BURIAL.
After an investigation has been completed, including an autopsy if one is done, the body
shall be released promptly to the person or persons who have the right to control the disposition of
the body. Section
, subdivision 2, shall control. If the identity of the deceased person is
unknown, or if the body is unclaimed, the medical examiner or coroner shall provide for dignified
burial or storage of the remains. Dignified burial shall not include cremation, donation for
anatomic dissection, burial at sea, or other disposition that will make the body later unavailable.
The county where the dead body is found shall pay reasonable expenses of the burial. If an
estate is opened within six years and claim made for the property or proceeds of the sale of
the property of the decedent, the county shall be reimbursed the amount spent on burial, with
interest at the statutory rate.
History: (956) RL s 597; 1985 c 265 art 7 s 1; 2006 c 260 art 8 s 14