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Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee

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The Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to sudden, unnatural, unexplained or suspicious deaths, including homicides, suicides, unintentional fatal injuries, drug-related deaths and other deaths that are sudden or unexpected; determination of the cause and manner of death.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Kelly Keyes, Subcommittee Chair, RTI International

Shawn Wilson, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

Michelle Rippy, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, California State University East Bay


Theodore Brown, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Sam Butikofer, Madison County Office of the Coronor

Jason Byrd, University of Florida/Naples Center for Forensic Medicine

Matthew Cain, University of New Mexico, Forensic Consulting LLC, Goodfellas Consulting LLC

Nicole Croom, Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office

Neha Desai, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (Quality Task Group representative)

Daniel Dye, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Brian Ehret, Onondaga County Office of the Medical Examiner

Benjamin Figura, West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

Jan Gorniak, Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner

Jason Graham, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Katherine Grosso, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

Amy Hawes, TN Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner

Gene Hernandez, Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner

Bryan Hoffman, NJ Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner

Julie Howe, Franklin, Jefferson and Saint Charles Counties Medical Examiner Offices

Bryan Johnson, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Michelle Jorden, County of Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner

Andrew Jurs, Drake University School of Law (Legal Task Group representative)

Laura Knight, Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner's Office

Sarah Lathrop, University of New Mexico

Daniel Morgan, National Transportation Safety Board

Erin Morris, Los Angeles County Public Defender (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Naeem Ullah, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Victor Weedn, George Washington University, Department of Forensic Science

Jason Wiersema, Harris County Institute of Forensic Science

Tiffany Williams, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Affiliate Members


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) and On the OSAC Registry

Published by an SDO and Eligible for the OSAC Registry

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Under Development

  • REVISION to ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 009, Best Practice Recommendations for the Examination of Human Remains by Forensic Pathologists in the Disaster Victim Identification Context, Second Edition, 20xx.
  • OSAC 2022-N-0020, Standard for Mass Fatality Incident Management. 
  • OSAC 2022-N-0021, Family Engagement Following a Mass Fatality Incident: Victim Information Center Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authorities.
  • OSAC 2022-S-0022, Standard for Disaster Victim Identification.
  • OSAC 2023-N-0004, Standard for Interactions Between Medical Examiner, Coroner and all Other MDI Agencies and Organ and Tissue Procurement Organizations and Eye Banks.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Communication with Next of Kin and Family. 
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Assessment of a Decedent on Scene.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Common Data Elements. 
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Deaths in Custody. 
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Fatality Management During a Pandemic. 
  • Standard for Data Collection in Disaster Victim Identification. 
  • Ethical Considerations in Disaster Victim Identification. 
  • Workload Limitations for Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Reference Documents

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References 

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

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Created July 9, 2014, Updated November 1, 2022