WesleysGirl (wesleysgirl) wrote in little_details,

When it's necessary to identify a body?

I need to know when it's necessary for a body to be identified (ETA - by a process in which a relative is called in to look at the body and say 'yes, this is x.'). I assume there are many cases when it's NOT necessary -- when someone dies in the hospital, for example. But what if two adults die in a fire in their own home? (And what if the bodies are all burnt up and would not be able to be identified just by sight? ETA - In the case of the story in question, their two small children are also at home at the time of the fire, but are rescued. Both cars registered to them are in the driveway.)

ETA - In the US. Sorry!
Tags: ~forensics: corpses

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