NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

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The Office of Chief Medical Examiner investigates cases of persons who die within New York City from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, suddenly when in apparent health, when unattended by a physician, in a correctional facility or in any suspicious or unusual manner or where an application is made pursuant to law for a permit to cremate a body of a person.

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OCME Celebrates Graduation of 100 Forensic Pathology Fellows

OCME Celebrates Graduation of 100 Forensic Pathology Fellows
The Forensic Pathology Fellows Training Program at OCME has trained 100 forensic pathologists since 1990, with graduates of the program accounting for one-fifth of the board-certified forensic pathologists in the United States.
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OCME's Maxine Smith Honored with Excellence in Customer Service Award
Maxine Smith, a veteran OCME employee who serves as lead supervisor in the Communications Unit, received the award at a special ceremony hosted by the New York City Mayor's Office on May 10, 2016.
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OCME Remembers Dr. Charles Hirsch
The longtime Chief Medical Examiner, who elevated OCME to a position of national excellence in forensic pathology, died on April 8 at the age of 79.
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OCME Missing Person's Day 2016

OCME Hosts NYC Missing Persons Day to Help Families Identify Loved Ones
Dozens attended the second year of the event, which is credited with helping to identify seven missing persons in the New York metropolitan area since its launch in November 2014.
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American Academy of Forensic Science

OCME Experts Attend AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting
A distinguished group of 20 experts from the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will attend the 68th annual scientific meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) being held from February 22 to February 27, 2016. The group includes 11 experts scheduled to deliver presentations on topics across the forensic science disciplines, and the OCME Deputy Director of Forensic Biology, who will be honored with an award for outstanding service.
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OCME DNA Laboratory

OCME DNA Laboratory Receives Perfect Score as International Accreditation Renewed
The Forensic Biology Department received a perfect score on the assessment to renew the international accreditation of its DNA laboratory for an additional four years, marking the first time the lab has ever achieved a 100 percent rating.
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Special Announcement on Ending the Rape Kit Backlog Nationwide

OCME Hosts Vice President Biden, Attorney General Lynch, and Manhattan DA Vance for Special Announcement on Ending the Rape Kit Backlog Nationwide
OCME welcomed Vice President Joe Biden, United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. on September 10 for a special announcement about new funding to eliminate the national backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits. OCME helped to eliminate the backlog in New York City in 2003 through DNA testing.
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National Forensic Science Week 2015

OCME Celebrates National Forensic Science Week 2015
The event being celebrated from August 8 to 15 recognizes the role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes and salutes the professionals who help provide these services.
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Notice of Changes to OCME Mortuary Operations
OCME has changed mortuary operations to enhance service to families and community. All mortuary services have been transferred to three primary, centralized locations while OCME offices remain open in all five boroughs.
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New York City Missing Persons Day – Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ OCME

New York City Missing Persons Day 2014
OCME hosted the first-ever New York City Missing Persons Day on Saturday, November 8, 2014, to connect families with resources to help identify and find their long-term missing loved ones. Nearly 100 family members in attendance had the opportunity to interview with professionals and provide information to aid in identification. Volunteers were also on hand to provide emotional and spiritual support services.
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Information on Ebola
Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). It is caused by the Ebola virus. It was first discovered in 1976 in Africa, near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For more information, please visit New York City website at
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OCME Honored for Work in ‘Baby Hope’ Case

OCME Honored for Work in ‘Baby Hope’ Case
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) honored OCME with the award for Law Enforcement Excellence at the 2014 Hope Awards and Congressional Breakfast on May 7 in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes OCME’s persistent agency-wide efforts to help solve the cold case of “Baby Hope.” The young girl was brutally murdered in 1991 and remained unidentified until 2013, after OCME utilized new advances in technology to generate a full DNA profile and provide critical breaks in the long-running case.

Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing

Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York is the recipient of a National Institute of Justice grant for using forensic anthropology and DNA to assist in the identification of unidentified human remains and finding missing persons.
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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Vital Statistics
Visit the Department of Health Web site for more information on services offered by the Bureau of Vital Statistics, including information on death certificates.
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Ready NY

Emergency Management
OCME partners with the NYC Office of Emergency Management and other City agencies to support New Yorkers in the event of an emergency.
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