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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

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

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


Donald Bloom, National Disaster Medical System - HHS

Sam Butikofer, Madison County Office of the Coronor

Matthew Cain, University of New Mexico, Forensic Consulting LLC, Affiliate of Regenstrief Institute/Indiana University Health

Enid Camps, State of California, Department of Justice (Legal Task Group member)

Elissia Conlon, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner 

Dennis Dirkmaat, Mercyhurst University

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

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

Laura Knight, Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner's Office

Sarah Lathrop, University of New Mexico

Raymond Miller, State University of New York

Daniel Morgan, National Transportation Safety Board

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

Naeem Ullah, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Shawn Wilson, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

Affiliate Members


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Sent to an SDO

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).
  • OSAC 2022-N-0026, Medicolegal Death Investigation: Terms and Definitions.
  • OSAC 2022-N-0027, Medicolegal Death Investigation Response to Death Locations and Incident Scenes: Best Practice Recommendations. 
  • Standard for Disaster Victim Identification.
  • Workload Limitations for Medicolegal Death Investigators.
  • Medicolegal Death Investigation Workflow and Information Requirements.
  • Mass Fatality Management: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Family Engagement Following a Mass Fatality Incident: Victim Identification Center Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authorities.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Quality Assurance in Disaster Victim Identification.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Communication with Next of Kin and Family. 
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Interactions with Organ Procurement Organizations.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Assessment of a Decedent on Scene.

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 May 27, 2022