If a person dies outside their residence, in the absence of family, or has no family any personal property on the decedent may be taken to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office. If the decedent died while in the hospital or nursing home the personal property is generally safeguarded at the facility. In some instances, the personal effects may be turned over to the law enforcement and retained as evidence.
Personal effects obtained at the scene by an investigator will only be released to the immediate legal next of kin, person designated in writing by the legal next of kin, or the funeral home designated by legal next of kin.
The legal next of kin must present government issued photo identification. If the property is to be released to someone other than the next of kin or funeral home this office requires written permission and photo identification from both parties. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
Personal effects are kept in a secure area. Release occurs during business hours and an appointment is required. Please call 425-438-6200 to schedule an appointment.
The Snohomish Medical Examiner office follows the RCW 36.24.130 directions regarding unclaimed or abandoned property.