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New York City Missing Persons Day
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    OCME will host the third New York City Missing Persons Day on Saturday, May 20. All families and friends of missing persons are welcome to attend.
Promoting Forensic Pathology
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    New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson has been appointed as a Trustee of the American Board of Pathology, which guides and supports the work of certified pathologists, including medical examiners, practicing in the United States.
Setting the Standard in Forensic Science
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    Lydia de Castro, a veteran OCME forensic scientist with experience in mass disaster DNA identifications and sexual assault investigations, has been appointed to the New York State Commission on Forensic Science.
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System | NamUs
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    Information on missing, unidentified and unclaimed persons from New York City is posted in the NamUs resource center from the National Institute of Justice. This free online system is available to the general public and all those working to help resolve these challenging cases.

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    OCME helps to address the critical shortage of medical examiners through its Forensic Pathology Fellows Program. The program has trained approximately 20% of the nation's board-certified forensic pathologists since its founding in 1990, with 100 graduates and counting.

Office of Chief Medical Examiner

The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) conducts independent investigations using advanced forensic science in the service of families, communities and the criminal justice system. Our work provides answers for those affected by sudden and traumatic loss, and helps protect public health.

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