NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Missing Person Identification


 

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.  Family reference samples and samples from the missing person are also critical in identifying unidentified human remains and finding missing persons.  The forensic services funded by this grant are available to law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and public DNA laboratories throughout New York State free of charge. The deadline for submitting cases has now been extended to October 31, 2013. 

For assistance or to report Missing Persons cases within the City of New York (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island), please contact or visit the nearest New York City Police Department (NYPD) precinct or call the NYPD Missing Persons Unit at 212-694-7782 to file a Missing Persons Report.  The Office of Chief Medical Examiner does not take Missing Persons reports.