A funeral home has claimed the body of the 26-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a gun battle with police.

A spokesman for the Department of Public Safety says the remains of Tamerlan Tsarnaev were picked up on Thursday by a funeral home his family retained.

Authorities are now closer to being able to make public Tsarnaev's cause of death.

The medical examiner said it wouldn't be disclosed until Tsarnaev's remains were released and a death certificate was filed. It was unclear whether the death certificate had been filed.

The April 15 bombing near the marathon's finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Authorities say Tsarnaev and his younger brother later killed a campus police officer and carjacked a driver, who escaped.

Source: Agencies