The mission of the Medical Examiner’s Office is to protect the health and
safety of our community by providing objective, comprehensive
medicolegal investigations and establishing an accurate, legally-defensible
cause and manner of death for all unnatural, unattended, and unexpected
deaths that occur within Onondaga County and other contracted counties.
The Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office (OCMEO) is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and is responsible for the investigation of sudden and unexplained deaths. OCMEO findings
are shared with and/or utilized by decedent next-of-kin/family members,
district attorney offices, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, legal
offices, and local and state public health agencies.
The OCMEO also provides medical examiner services through contractual agreements with surrounding counties primarily Cayuga, Madison, Oneida and Oswego counties. The OCMEO is accredited by NAME and the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and follows standards established by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.