About the Medical Examiner and its duties
What is the difference between a Medical Examiner and a Coroner?
What types of deaths are investigated by the Medical Examiner?
Why is the Medical Examiner Office involved?
What is an autopsy?
Will an autopsy always be performed?
Will I still be able to have an open casket service if an autopsy is performed?
What happens to the body
Is viewing or visitation allowed while the body is under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner?
How long will it take before the body is released from the Medical Examiner’s jurisdiction?
If a family does not have funds for burial, what will happen to the body?
Can a Medical Examiner’s case still be an organ or tissue donor?
What happens to the decedent’s personal effects?
Yes. Unidentified bodies in Cook County are listed on the
page of this website. Additionally, our unidentified bodies, as well as those from many other jurisdictions, can be searched on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. In some cases we have identified the body and there is no known next of kin. Please search our biweekly updated Unclaimed Persons page.
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Administration, Bureau of
(Click here for map)2121 West Harrison Street
Identification Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., weekends and official Cook County holidays.