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The District Twenty Medical Examiner is required by Florida Statute 406 to conduct an investigation of all sudden, unexpected, natural, suspicious or violent deaths. Additionally, when a deceased person is to be cremated, dissected or buried at sea or brought into the state without proper medical certification, the Medical Examiner is called to investigate. The purpose of the investigation is to determine the cause and the circumstances of the death.

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