The Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner runs three facilities: The Northern Regional Medical Examiner's Office (NRMEO), the Southern Regional Medical Examiner's Office (SRMEO), and the New Jersey State Toxicology Laboratory.

At both Regional Medical Examiner's Offices, (Northern RMEO & Southern RMEO), the men and women first on the scene from our staff are the members of the Medicolegal Death Investigations Section. The Medicolegal Death Investigators at the Northern and Southern RMEOs work closely with local, county and state law enforcement officials. While at death scenes, the Medicolegal Death Investigator attempts to identify the recently deceased, examine their medical records and photograph both the scene and the deceased. The conclusions and findings of the Medicolegal Death Investigators are reviewed and shared with one of our Medical Examiners. It is then determined whether a case will be brought in for an external examination or complete autopsy.

The Medicolegal Death Investigations Section of the Northern RMEO office responds to the counties of Essex, Hudson, Passaic, & Somerset. The Southern RMEO Medicolegal Death Investigations Section reponds to the counties of Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May. Both operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Our current staff of Medicolegal Death Investigators bring with them unique backgrounds and areas of expertise. Some our investigators' backgrounds include specialities in the areas of forensic anthropology, emergency medical services, mortuary services and nursing. Many of our investigators are also registered members with The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).

Last Reviewed: 8/31/2018