The first topic I want to discuss is how is it determined if an autopsy is needed. I've included, with permission, the list that our speaker Lyell P. Cook D-ABMDI comprised. Please note that this list is comprised from the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and they may not be the same qualifications in your local area.
I've included all of the reasons just in case you might want to include a twist in your mystery story, since not all mysteries involve a murder.
The following is a list of cases reportable to the coroner
* Sudden deaths not caused by readily recognizable disease, or wherein a physician on the basis of prior (recent) medical attention cannot properly certify the cause of death.