WVC 61 - 12 - 11
§61-12-11. Exhumation; when ordered.
If, in any case of sudden, violent or suspicious death, the
body is buried without any investigation by the chief medical
examiner, or by a county medical examiner or coroner, it is the
duty of the chief medical examiner or the county medical examiner
or coroner, upon being advised of this fact, to notify the
prosecuting attorney of the county, who shall communicate the same
to the judge of the circuit court or other court of record having
jurisdiction in the county and the judge may order that the body be
exhumed and an autopsy performed thereon, as provided in section
ten of this article and the pertinent facts disclosed by the
autopsy shall be communicated to the prosecuting attorney of the
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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