Autopsy Prescribed By Law

Autopsy prescribed by law

An autopsy will be done on Terri Schiavo's body -- and that would have been the case whether her family asked for one or not. A Florida medical examiner's official says an autopsy is mandated by state law -- and that family requests are "immaterial."

William Pellan says routine procedures will be done on Schiavo's body to determine cause of death. He says her remains will be ready to be returned to her family by tomorrow afternoon. But he says any actual findings may not be available for several weeks. And Pellan says it's inappropriate to talk about the autopsy until that information is complete.

Schiavo's body was taken under police escort to the Pinellas County medical examiner's office earlier today.