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Jackson County Medical Examiner
950 E. 21st St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 881-6600
FAX: (816) 881-6641

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office (JCMEO) is governed by Missouri Revised Statues. JCMEO is dedicated to providing exceptional death investigations services to Jackson County, the city of Kansas City, the surrounding counties of Platte, Cass, and Clay, as well as other Missouri counties on a referral basis.

The JCMEO provides trained death investigators who will conduct scene investigations of homicides, suicides, accidental and natural deaths under our jurisdiction as determined by State Statutes. Board Certified forensic pathologists (Medical Examiner’s) will provide expert examinations of the deceased and conduct in-depth examinations utilizing the latest techniques in Forensic Pathology. The Medical Examiner’s will provide expert testimony in court and will remain neutral in their findings of determining manner and cause of death.
The JCMEO will continue to work closely with all Federal, State and local authorities and departments, which interact with the JCMEO. The JCMEO will also continue to educate the county and surrounding areas for mass fatality preparedness and the possibility of a contagious disease outbreak. The Chief Medical Examiner will continue to ensure that the JCMEO maintains National Association of Medical Examiner’s (NAME) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditations and continues its high standards of dedicated forensic services, education and training..


Our goals include:

1. Continued growth of the Medical Examiner's Office and professional death investigation in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties.

2. Provide education and training to the communities we support.

3. Provide Mass Fatality training and ensure community preparedness.

4. Work and train with other support agencies in the community (Law Enforcement, Courts, Health, Funeral Homes, and others) to provide outstanding death investigation.

5. Complete timely and quality investigative and autopsy reports.

6. Maintain National Association of Medical Examiner's (NAME) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditations.

7. Contribute to the public health and public safety of our community.

8. Promote and support organ and tissue donation.

Managing Mass Fatality Events

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office (JCMEO) is responsible for the managing of Mass Fatality events that occur in Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties in Missouri. A Mass Fatality event is described as any occurrence of multiple deaths that overwhelm the usual routine capacity of the Medical Examiner or Coroner. Recent events and the emergent threats of continued terrorist activity emphasizes the need for public sector agencies to plan for a coordinated response to a Mass Fatality event. Agencies small and large, urban and rural need to be prepared for an event that will exceed their operations capacity. 

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office has a written mass fatality plan and is trained on the use of an operational portable morgue. The Medical Examiner is responsible for processing and identifying the victims of the mass fatality event. > MORE

New Medical Examiner's Office Opens

Officials from across the metro area came together Wednesday, June 17, to mark the opening of the new, state-of-the art Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO), 950 E. 21st St. in Kansas City.

“This is another example of regional cooperation making a whole greater than the sum of its parts,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “It’s a state-of-the-art facility for a state-of-the-art Medical Examiner’s Office.” > MORE

'One Of The Best In The Country'
Jackson County ME's Office Earns NAME Accreditation With Zero Deficiencies


NAME CertificateThe Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office does "one of the best jobs in the country of providing ME services," according to Dr. Roger Mitchell, the chief medical examiner in Washington, D.C. He conducts accreditation inspections of ME offices across the nation on behalf of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). The Jackson County office made such an impression on him that he wanted to personally present the NAME accreditation certificate to the county’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Mary Dudley, and County Executive Mike Sanders. > MORE



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