NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Missing Person Identification

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York (OCME) assists in the identification of unidentified persons and finding missing persons. Family reference samples and samples from the missing person are critical to this work.

OCME does not take Missing Persons reports. For assistance or to report Missing Persons cases within New York City (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.


New York City Missing Persons Day - November 8, 2014
A support event for the families and friends of long-term missing persons

What: The first-ever New York City Missing Persons Day connects all New Yorkers with resources to help identify and find their long-term missing loved ones. Families and friends of long-term missing persons (missing for 60 or more days) will have direct access to interviews with professionals and the opportunity to provide information to aid in identification. Emotional and spiritual support services will also be available on site to all attendees.

All are welcome. Families and friends who wish to have an interview are strongly advised to schedule in advance by calling (212) 323-1201. Callers will be advised on what information to bring. Providing information is voluntary. Information will be used for identification purposes only.

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where:   NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)
  421 East 26th Street (at 1st Avenue)
  New York, NY 10016

Why: More than 13,000 people were reported missing in New York City last year, with some, including at least 200 children, missing long term. Nationwide, there are more than 87,000 active missing persons cases, while there are tens of thousands of unidentified persons for whom little to no information is entered into national databases. New York City has been conducting a comprehensive review of all the unidentified persons in its custody using new advances in technology, but new technology can only go so far. Identifications cannot be made unless adequate information about missing persons is available for comparison.

Who: Hosted by OCME, in partnership with the NYPD Missing Persons Unit, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, American Red Cross, and Disaster Chaplaincy Services, with support from the NYC Office of Emergency Management, NYC Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Center for HOPE, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), and assistance from the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs.