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Old 07-04-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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These days a lot of records can be gotten via Freedom of information act (FOIA). Every state has their own laws. Google it with the state to find the site. NY is pretty easy to request FOIA. I tried to get the file for a doe case I advocate for, was denied due to HIPAA. I'm going to try to request photos next.
I find this to be a intrusive. Many families will not air out dirty laundry in respect for their loved one if they died of an overdose or suicide. These obits will not mention the reason.
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:29 PM
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My grandfather's death certificate told what caused his death.
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:44 PM
 
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If anyone's still reading this old thread ... you can always hire a private investigator.

A licensed P.I. knows what the laws are, and how to efficiently get the info in a legal manner. Also, many P.I.'s are former police, and still have friends and contacts in the police dept and coroner's office. Sometimes they can get info that's been buried, or that you're not legally supposed to have.

A P.I. will cost money, so you'll have to decide how badly you want the info.
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:54 AM
 
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I find this to be a intrusive. Many families will not air out dirty laundry in respect for their loved one if they died of an overdose or suicide. These obits will not mention the reason.
I got an obituary for someone last year and the newspaper story did give the cause of death which was suicide. I'd have to locate it but it said something like took their own life or found dead in a place where someone might take their own life.

Also such tragic endings can also be stated like "he/she died at home."
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