Cremated Remains FAQ

Q- Why does the coroner's office have so many cremated remains stored?
A- Sometimes there are instances where a next-of-kin or other responsible person could not be located after a death due to limited or no contact information available. When this happens, depending on the circumstances, the facility providing the cremation service will turn the cremated remains over to the coroner's office for storage. However, not all cremated remains are turned over to the coroner's office; some are stored at the facility conducting the cremation.  

Q- I believe I have found a relative listed on your Cremated Remains list. How do I verify this is the person I am looking for?
A- You can contact the coroner's office by calling 509-736-2720 or by emailing us at  coroner@co.benton.wa.us and provide the name and other information you have for the person you are looking for. We will compare the information  you have with ours to attempt to verify this is the person you are looking for. 

Q- I know one of the cremated remains you have stored is a person I am looking for. How do I make arrangements to take possession of them?
A- If cremated remains are identified as the person you are looking for, and you live locally and want to pick them up at the coroner's office, our you live out of the area and wish to have them shipped to you, you should contact the coroner's office by calling 509-736-2720 or by emailing us at  coroner@co.benton.wa.us 


Q-
Is there a fee assessed to the family for the storage of the cremated remains stored at the coroner's office?
A- There is not a fee for the storage of the cremated remains stored at the coroner's office. 


Q- Does the coroner's office check to see if the cremated remains are Military Veterans and are eligible for internment at a Veteran's Cemetery?
A- The coroner's office does check veteran's status and also provides information to the State of Washington Department of Veterans Affairs for any cremated remains brought to the coroner's office for storage, regardless of known veteran status. For information about the Washington State Veterans Cemetery call 509-299-6280 or visit their website at  http://www.dva.wa.gov/cemetery.



If you have questions please contact our office at 509-736-2720 or  coroner@co.benton.wa.us

       
       
       

       
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