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SECTION 678
Disposition of money or property found on deceased
County (CNT) CHAPTER 11, ARTICLE 17-A
§ 678. Disposition of money or property found on deceased. 1. Money
and other property found upon the body of the deceased, not required for
the purposes of the investigation, shall be delivered to the county
treasurer. Unless claimed in the meantime by the legal representatives
of the deceased, articles held for the purposes of the investigation,
except such writings of the deceased as may be relevant to the diagnosis
of means or manner of death, shall be delivered to the county treasurer
at the conclusion of the investigation.

2. Upon the delivery of money to the county treasurer he must place it
to the credit of the county. If other property is delivered to him he
must, within one year, sell it at public auction upon reasonable public
notice, and must, in like manner, place the proceeds to the credit of
the county.

3. If the money in the treasury be demanded within six years by the
legal representatives of the deceased, the treasurer must pay it to
them, after deducting the amount of expenses incurred in connection
therewith, or it may be so paid at any time thereafter, upon the order
of the board of supervisors; provided, however, that such money may be
so paid at any time upon the written order of the surrogate of the
county.

4. Before auditing and allowing the account of the coroner or medical
examiner, the board of supervisors must require from him a statement in
writing of any money or other property found upon persons whose deaths
he has investigated, verified by his oath to the effect that the
statement is true and that the money or property mentioned in it has
been delivered to the legal representatives of the deceased, or to the
county treasurer.