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Cremains Testing-Speaking for the deceased

Offering certified, forensic, Toxicology testing for post mortem/autopsy tissue and cremains (ashes/cremated remains) samples.
Evaluations for autopsy blood, hair, organ tissue, finger nails, toe nails, nail scrapings, exhumation tissue, vitreous eye solution
We also offer
DNA and Toxicology lab testing related to cremains (ashes)

  • Testing cremains for the presence of organic ( former living) material. The urn may not contain actual human cremains.
  • Graveside test sample ( hair/nails) harvesting for exhumed body remains or cremains.
  • Harvesting of a cremains test sample from the urn, metallic cube, box, or whatever cremains container you possess.


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Why you should insist on The Carlson Company for your DNA and Toxicology testing needs
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 WE can help you with your cremains (ashes) testing needs.
  • Many our clients are private individuals but we also serve law enforcement, attorneys, the military, medical examiners, the government, mortuaries, crematoriums, anyone or business in need of our services
  • We do not require a doctor’s referral or prescription
  • We test autopsy samples from other labs when available plus hair strand samples collected from the deceased including their hair brush.
  • We can test the cremains sample for the presence of organic material should you suspect the cremain or ash sample authenticity; are the remains those of a human.
  • Your test sampls can be submitted by mail from any where in the world. You can collect and submit the cremains sample (bone slivers) yourself if you wish or we can collect the test sample for you, just send the entire cremains sample to us.
  • 17-21 business day test report turnaround time most cases with express service available
  • Ph.D. Expert Witness support is available when requested. Additional E.W. fees apply.
  • “Cutting edge” DNA and Toxicology evaluations
The Carlson Company is not associated with any law enforcement or government agency. Contact Us Now!
Typical post mortem test samples
cremains exhumed tissue autopsy organs finger/toe nails vitreous eye fluid bones
ashes autopsy blood hair strands bodily fluids hair follicles teeth
PM DNA evaluations for Mito DNA, Nuclear DNA, MiniFiler DNA
Comments about Cremains TestingThe cremation process is assumed to be 100% efficient when properly conducted. Any cremains sample can be subjected to testing in search of DNA or toxicology properties related to the detection of toxins, poisons, heavy metals, organic material and unknowns.If you or your family have no other valid test sample belonging to the deceasd to evaluate and you wish to act on behalf of the deceased to bring closure to any suspicions regarding their identity or cause of their passing then by all means proceed with cremains testing and bring closure to the matter. We are certain that you do not want to leave any stone unturned regarding the identity of the deceased or perhaps their cause of death.
Cremains testing shoild be done to determine if the cremains contain sighns of organic (former living) material, to extract for a DNA profile, or to test for heavy metals (poisons) and organic chemicals and toxins can be conducted.
An urn of some type containing what appears to be ashes or cremains may be suspect as to the actual contents. We can examine the cremains and determine if in fact they are representative of organic human remains.  We have seen cremains samples that did not contain any sign of former living material. We have evaluated cremains samples where the remains were not human, in fact, not much more than a combination of sand, dirt, or limestone.
Remember: Your late friend or family member may be crying out for your help. Now is the time to respond to their needs in hopes of closure. Be sure to review the Cremains Acknowledgement Form.
We will be more than glad to accept the cremains sample from you, with or without the urn or metal cube and then proceed with harvesting a test sample. Yes, the balance of the cremains will be returned to you following the release of our final test report. Do not be concerned since we realize that the cremains represents your friend of loved one therefore the cremains will be handled with the utmost degree of respect.
Post Mortem DNA/Toxicology Lab Testing – Evaluations for DNA, poisons, toxins, drugs, ashes (cremains) identity, pm tissue, and more
Average test result turn around time is 17-21 business days, most cases. Test reruns and non-standard cases often require additional testing time.
Occasionally a test sample rerun may be required to insure accuracy. Express service is available.
Offering certified DNA and Toxicology testing services related to postmortem samples.
  • Family members and friends of the deceased
  • Proprietors of mortuaries, funeral homes, crematoriums
  • Medical Examiners, County Corners, law enforcement, government agencies, insurers
  • Attorneys who represent themselves or any of the above entities
A comment from one of our many clients . . .
Dear Carlson Company, it took us a while to find you but well worth the effort and wait. Cindy and I had been living with concerns regarding my father’s recent passing. He seemed so healthy and vibrant. We suspected that his new wife may have been instrumental in his passing. My late father was quite wealthy. His widow practically had him cremated before his heart stopped beating. Your work with us and our attorney is most appreciated. Cremains and postmortem tissue testing provided the answers we needed. Thanks for helping us find closure.
Paul and Cindy – Charlotte, NC
We do are best to insure quick yet accurate DNA/Toxicology test report turnaround times. We offer express service if required. Additional charges apply. We know that the deceased’s loved one’s are counting on the M.E., their staff, and us to help them bring closure to their loss regarding cause of death or DNA identification.
Since the cremation process has a recognized potential for inconsistency we offer cremains DNA identification and heavy metals testing to help answer your lingering questions about the loss of your loved one Successful DNA identification of cremains of any type is at best a 50/50 probability, therefore successful cremains testing is tied directly to the level of efficiency or lack there of regarding the cremation process. The cremation process controls the integrity of the submitted cremains test sample. You should consider cremains testing to hopefully bring answers and closure to your uncertainty regarding DNA identification or suspected poisoning.
Your lost family member or friend may be counting on you to help them expose the truth.Cremains Acknowledgement Form
Call us now for a FREE consultation, 1-866-889-3410 or send email
Worth the read, interesting comments about poisons and their use.
Privacy Policy
Any information related to our clients identity or their case history is strictly private. Access to this information by a third party will require a written release from our client and/or a court order directing The Carlson Company LLC to surrender your test report (s) and any related case documents to a third party.
There is no additional fee to submit a completed Chain of Custody form with your test sample
Post Mortem DNA/Toxicology Lab Testing – Evaluations for DNA, poisons, toxins, drugs, ashes (cremains) identity, pm tissue, and more
A list of forensic testing and services that we offer. The table below is just the tip of the iceberg
Toxins Infidelity DNA Extraction
DNA Identity Test for Unknown Expert Witness
Rape DNA/Semen Pill/Capsule I.D. Paternity
Postmortem Forensic Samples Date Rape Drugs Hair Toxins Alleged Poisoning
Heavy Metals Hair Segmentation Poisoning in Foods
Sex Toys/DNA Recreational Drugs Saliva Detection Hair Samples, Fingernails, Urine Drug Testing
Vaginal Fluid Det. Unknown powder, liquid Cremains ( bone slivers)
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Something to think about – Death by poisoning???
Profile of a typical poisoner
Caucasian; male; average to above average intelligence; underachiever; inadequate personality; non-athletic; cowardly; neat and orderly; meticulous; loner; careful planner; and non confrontational (either physically or psychologically).
More on poisoners and poisoning
Criminal poisoning is the result of available poison or poisons being administered to a victim of choice by one with criminal intent
Link to our poison page
If you and your family are plagued with unsettled questions about your loved ones passing, their autopsy, their seemingly speedy interment or cremation, or the true identity of the urned cremains ashes presented to you call us for a free consult now. We’ll answer your questions and make you aware of your options to hopefully help bring closure to questionable circumstances surrounding the loss of your loved one.
If foul play was a possible factor in the passing of your loved one he or she is most certainly crying out for help to expose the cause of their death and the identity of the perpetrator. Your late friend or loved one has crossed over to the other side but they still deserve a voice in the world of the living and they may be relying on you for your help
The Carlson Company LLC is not affiliated with any government or law enforcement agency
Please send email or call our toll free at 1-866-889-3410 for fees tailored to meet your particular testing needs
F.Y.I (for your information)
We offer private certified lab testing pertaining to human and animal post mortem tissue and cremains (ashes, bone slivers, etc). So if you are searching for DNA determinations on post mortem tissue, hair, nails, or blood, we can help you. Often times hair, urine, tissue, or blood samples are retained by your County Coroners office. The samples may have been collected from an autopsy procedure or from testing the blood or urine by a hospital or clinic prior to your loved one’s passing. The hospital where a baby was stillborn may have saved similar samples which can be utilized for DNA and/or toxin evaluations.
Ask us for assistance with post mortem tissue sample requisitions from the County Coroner or Medical Examiners Office following an autopsy 1-866-889-3410 (toll free)
Cremains testing for DNA and Heavy Metals
What is DNA?

Deoxyribonucleic acid: an extremely long macromolecule that is the main component of chromosomes and is the material that transfers genetic characteristics in all life forms. Extracting a DNA profile from a cremains sample has the potential for positive results. Not all cremation processes are alike, uniform, or do they share equal destructive efficiency in the disposition of the cremated corpse. The cremation process is full of variables. Therefore if you are uncertain regarding the identity of the cremains in the urn presented to you by the funeral director or crematorium you should consider having the cremains extracted for an identifiable DNA profile. Cremains offer a 50/50 chance that an identifiable DNA profile will present. Perhaps you suspect that there was a mix up regarding the identity of urned cremains that were presented to you as being those of your loved one or friend.  Again, for similar reasons, we have been successful with testing cremains for the presence of heavy metals. Arsenic is a heavy metal and still considered to be a likely poison choice used in the commission of a capital crime, homicide. You should not leave this stone unturned. It’s time to bring closure to this matter and get on with your life, wouldn’t you agree? Please read on. Cremation is the final disposition practice of disposing of a human or animal corpse by burning the remains in a retort or oven which usually takes place at a crematorium or crematory. Cremains are described as any physical remains that are found in the commemorative urn following the cremation of a corpse, human or animal.  By law, human corpses are to be cremated one at a time.  Animals can be cremated as a group depending on size, the efficiency of the retort, and the customary operating procedures of the crematorium director.  Customarily a metal identification tag able to withstand the high cremation temperatures (760 to 1150 °C (1400 to 2100 °F) is placed on the corpse prior to cremation.  When the cremains or ashes are urned the I.D. tag is also urned with the ashes. As you can likely see the identity of the cremains still requires a high degree of trust from the entity that provides the services.  Would you agree that this fact is something to think about? How would you know for sure if in fact your loved one ‘s remains are within the urn that has been turned over to you following the cremation? You or a family representative would need to be present to insure that the corpse of your loved one was in fact the one placed in the retort and then urned. You or your chosen representative would need to witness the removal and urning of the cremains. Thanks to a newer technology known as nuclear DNA, cremains can be suitable sources for DNA profile extraction for comparison to a reference DNA sample.  The use of Nuclear and Mini Filer DNA extraction processes are common to forensic or court of law case proceedings. Cremains, depending on the efficiency of the retort, can offer the potential for evaluating for the presence of heavy metals including arsenic, mercury, lead, and many others.  Our clients have resorted to cremains DNA extraction and/or toxin, poison, and heavy metals testing evaluations when there simply was no other sample choice available for postmortem investigation such as autopsy or post mortem tissue samples. Extracting DNA from a cremains sample is at best a 50/50 proposition but merits your consideration if the cremains represent the only reference sample available.

Considering DNA extraction or toxicology testing for test samples harvested from an exhumed body?
We offer
PM DNA identity evaluations using Mito, Nuclear, and MiniFiler DNA protocols. Toxicology lab testing evaluations for poisons, toxins, drugs, and more. Assistance with your graveside test sample harvestinneeds.
Call our toll free at 1-866-889-3410 or send us an email, we’ll be glad to help you.
The decomposition rate of the human body is effected by a number of variables.
Cremains Acknowledgement Form
  • Temperature
  • Oxygen
  • Insects
  • Burial Depth
  • Trauma
  • Humidity
  • Rainfall
  • Body Size
  • Embalming
  • Clothing
Recovery of a DNA partial or full profile can be successful but ultimately DNA extraction success is dependant on the integrity of the postmortem samples. Test samples to consider would include
  • Fingernails
  • Teeth
  • Femur (large upper leg bone)
  • Foot phalanx (toe bones) patella (knee cap) metatarsal (other foot bones)
Alternate DNA Sources
Cremains Acknowledgement Form
test descriptions
The Cremation ProcessAll cremations are performed individually by law. Exceptions can be made only in the case of close relatives, and
then only with the prior written instructions of the authorizing agent(s) and
only if state/provincial or local laws allow this.¨
The cremation process begins with
the placement of the casket/container in the cremation chamber where it is
subjected to intense heat and flame reaching temperatures between 1400 and 1800
degrees fahrenheit. All substances are consumed except bone fragments (calcium
compounds) and any non-combustible materials, such as jewelry, dental gold,
prosthesis, latches, hinges, etc., that were not removed prior to cremation as
the temperature is not sufficient to consume them.¨
During the cremation process it
may be necessary to open the cremation chamber and reposition the deceased in
order to facilitate a complete and thorough cremation.¨
The time for cremation to be
completed varies with the size and weight of each human remains but usually
takes between 1-1/2 – 3 hours.¨
Following a cooling period, the
cremated remains are then swept or raked from the cremation chamber. Every
effort is made to remove all human remains. However, a small residue may remain
in the cremation chamber, resulting in incidental commingling with other
cremated remains.¨
After the cremated remains are
removed from the cremation chamber. All non-combustible materials that have not
been removed prior to cremation, will be separated and removed from the bone
fragments by visible or magnetic selection and will be disposed of by the
crematory in a non-recoverable manner.¨
Once the bone fragments have been
separated from other material, they may be further processed to reduce the size
of the bone fragments to uniform particles.¨
Cremated remains, depending on
the bone structure of the decedent, will weigh between 4 to 8 pounds, and are
usually white in color, but can be other colors due to temperature variations
and other factors.¨
The crematory should be provided
with an urn in which the cremated remains will be placed. If no urn is provided
or the urn is not large enough to hold the remains, the crematory will place the
remains or any excess in a container made of plastic, light metal, cardboard,
unfinished wood, or other suitable material to hold the remains until an urn is
acquired or the cremated remains are
scatteredAsh weight and compositionThe ash remaining represents very roughly 3.5% of the body’s original mass
(2.5% in children). Because the weight of dry bone fragments is so closely
connected to skeletal mass, their weight varies greatly from person to person.
Because many changes in body composition (such as fat and muscle loss or gain)
do not affect the weight of cremated remains, the weight of cremains can be
more closely predicted from the person’s height and sex (which predicts
skeletal weight), than it can be predicted from the person’s simple weight.Ashes of adults can be said to weigh from
4 pounds (1.8 kg) to 6 pounds (2.7 kg), but the first figure is roughly the
figure for women, and the second, for men. The mean weight of adult cremated
remains in a Florida, U.S. sample was 5.3 lb. (approx. 2.4 kg) for adults
(range 2 to 8 lbs. or 0.91 to 3.6 kg). This was found to be distributed
bimodality according to sex, with the mean being 6 pounds (2.7 kg) for men (range
4 to 8 lbs. or 1.8 to 3.6 kg) and 4 pounds (1.8 kg) for women (range 2 to 6
lbs. or 0.91 to 2.7 kg). In this sample, generally all adult cremated remains
over 6 pounds (2.7 kg) were from males, and those under 4 pounds (1.8 kg) were
from females. Not all that remains is bone. There may be
melted metal lumps from missed jewelry; casket furniture; dental fillings; and
surgical implants, such as hip replacements. Large items such as titanium hip
replacements (which tarnish but do not melt) or casket hinges are usually
removed before processing, as they may damage the processor. (If they are
missed at first, they must ultimately be removed before processing is complete,
as items such as titanium joint replacements are far too durable to be ground).
Implants may be returned to the family, but are more commonly sold as
ferrous/non-ferrous scrap metal. After the remains are processed, smaller bits
of metal such as tooth fillings, and rings (commonly known as gleanings)
are sieved out and may be later interred in common, consecrated, ground in a
remote area of the cemetery. They may also be sold as precious metal scrapCremains Acknowledgement Form
Alternate DNA sources include personal items of or belonging to the deceased that may yield an identifiable reference DNA profile. A reference DNA profile is required to compare with a potential profile that may be extracted from postmortem fluids, tissues or cremains to establish identity. All test samples should be submitted along with a completed and witnessed Chain of Custody form .
FYI – For Your Information
Worthwhile read regarding the potential for the selling of body parts and cadavers by crematorium operators
The vast majority of crematorium operators are caring and honest when dealing with your loved ones cremation. Nonetheless, about 900 lawsuits are filed on average/year against crematorium operators regarding the final disposition of the deceased’s body parts or cremains.
The preferred postmortem testing sample choices for the presence of toxins, poisons, or heavy metals which includes Arsenic, include blood, urine, or tissue samples belonging to the deceased from premortem medical treatment or postmortem autopsy. Autopsy samples of choice would include vitreous eye fluid, organ tissue, hair, nails, bones or blood. Be sure to contact all involved medical services providers and your County Coroner’s office to see if they have retained any pre or post mortem samples belonging to the deceased. These tissue samples can be tested for the presence of toxins and poisons. Extracting a DNA profile from a cremains sample has the potential for positive results. Not all cremation processes are alike, uniform, or do they share equal destructive efficiency
Yes, cremains, human or animal, can undergo DNA extraction testing with a 50/50 chance for detection of an identifiable partial or complete DNA profile for identity or for the detection of heavy metal poisons such as Arsenic or Strychnine, the most common in use. If cremains are your only available sample we suggest that you proceed with any required testing to hopefully bring closure and lay to rest any suspicions you may hold regarding the loss of your friend or loved one.
We would be glad to discuss your case and answer your questions. Call us now toll free at 1-866-889-3410 seven (7) days a week
Visit the Cremation Association of North America web site, a plethora of related information
Please call us toll free at 1-866-889-3410 or send an email regarding your questions, sample requirements for testing, associated fees, and how to ship cremains samples.
We strongly recommend that a Chain of Custody Form accompany all test samples for potential evidentiary purposes
Expect your post mortem tissue or cremains evaluations for DNA and/or heavy metals to be available in 15-20 business days, most cases.
You’ll receive a certified toxicology and/or DNA lab report – Court admissible with Chain of Custody
Shown below is a very brief list of other typical test samples and case types we receive and evaluate by mail


criminal DNA comp. cottage cheese post mortem tissue
lipstick, make up date rape drugs water, filters
suspected poisons hair / nails / blood DNA hair follicles
powders/pills urine stains solution analysis
infidelity – bedding, undergarments alcohol poisoning sex aids (DNA)
misc. food items semen stains vaginal fluid stains
carpet/padding misc. DNA evidence misc. food items
pet poisoning cremains suspicious death
arsenic spousal poisoning unknown solids, liquids

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