OCME is an active participant in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). This system is funded by the Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, and is a clearinghouse for unidentified persons and missing persons records. NamUs also includes links to other medical examiner and coroner offices, law enforcement agencies, victim assistance groups, and pertinent legislation.
NamUs is comprised of three databases that can be searched by the general public:
The Unidentified Persons database contains case reports entered by medical examiners and coroners throughout the United States of America, Guam and Puerto Rico. This database includes a listing of unidentified persons for New York City.
The Missing Persons database contains case reports entered by law enforcement and the public, including persons reported missing from New York City.
The Unclaimed Persons database includes information entered by medical examiners and coroners about deceased persons who have been identified by name, but for whom no family members have been identified or located to claim the body. This database includes unclaimed persons in New York City.
If you are submitting DNA for a missing person case, please submit your case information to NamUs.