Hey, all! The novel I'm working on, while mostly an urban fantasy, is also something of a mystery/thriller. While I've got all the magic worked out, and have found some good info on the city of Seattle (where it takes place), but there are a few things that are hanging me up. At first, I was all set to just plow on ahead and fix the details later, but I realized that police procedure is going to effect my timeline and several other aspects of my story, even though my MC isn't a cop or a private investigator. (He's really not even a typical "amateur sleuth." Mostly, he gets sucked into the investigation by circumstances beyond his control. But I digress...) If there's anyone here who has had to do similar research on law enforcement for their own work, or--preferably--either has worked/currently works in law enforcement, I would be VERY grateful for your input on these points: 1) if a murder victim has no living relatives, can a friend claim the body for funeral preparations? 2) about how long does it take to collect forensic evidence from a body? 3) about how long is the body kept? just until all evidence is collected? or until the end of the investigation? 4) would every person interviewed by the police have to fill out a formal statement? Would they have to do that at the station? 5) if a person lived in one town, but was killed in another city in another county, how does that affect the investigation? That's really all the questions I can think of right now, but I know I'll have more. Again, if anyone with some real solid knowledge of law enforcement can help me out, I would be ecstatic. Thanks!