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This type of Paternity Test is typically performed when the Possible Father is not available for testing, but the paternal relationship must be proven.
If the Medical Examiners Office, Coroner’s Office, Funeral Home or Mortuary has either the person or person’s DNA on file, we can perform a DNA Paternity test with the possible father’s samples. In many cases, if there has been an autopsy performed, a blood or tissue sample from the Medical Examiner’s Office (M.E.O.) or Coroner can be shipped directly to the laboratory along with a cheek-swab sample from the possible offspring. The sample from the MEO must be a blood or tissue sample that does not contain any preservatives such as formaldehyde or paraffin wax.
Before testing can proceed, the next of kin must either call the MEO/coroner or give us the contact information so that we may confirm that the sample is available for testing. The next of kin must fill out a release for testing, or a court order must be submitted, to the MEO/Coroner.
We will provide the MEO/coroner with the documents and shipping label that will allow them to send the samples to the lab. If the test is either for legal or non-legal purposes, we can send the living donor to the clinic, arrange a mobile collector or in a non-legal, mail a kit for you to self collect your DNA.
DNA Identifiers is willing to work with you and advise you should you have questions, as well as schedule a time to collect the cheek-swab sample.
In the case of a missing possible father, or a lack of autopsy, the Paternal Grandparents can be tested in place of the Father. We can also offer other tests, such as Y-Chromosome or Avuncular testing (Aunt or Uncle). In some cases, individuals have items that might contain DNA from that missing individual, such as a toothbrush or fingernail and we can test those items through our forensics lab. (All forensic samples will only give you a non-legal test result.)
In all cases, you can elect either a legal, court-admissible test or a non-legal do-it-yourself testing solution. If your results will, or might, be needed for legal purposes, you should select a legal test.