Medical Examiner’s Office Hosts Third Annual Missing Persons Day in Cook County

May 16, 2019

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is hosting the third annual Cook County Missing Persons Day to connect those who have long-term missing loved ones with resources and experts.

Missing Persons Day will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office’s, 2121 West Harrison St., Chicago.

Those whose friends and family have been missing more than one month will be able to submit DNA samples, medical records, pictures and other records to aid in the search. Emotional support services will also be available to families. 

“Our goal is to assist families in locating their loved ones by being a centralized resource for those searching for missing relatives and friends,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar. 

Each year, approximately 150 family members and friends of missing persons have attended the event. One person has been identified so far as a result of Missing Persons Day in Cook County. 

The Office is hosting its Missing Persons Day in partnership with National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police as well as consulates, clergy and coroners from throughout the region.