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Chicago Morgue Posting Pictures of Unclaimed Bodies Online

| by Michael Allen
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In Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, the medical examiner's office has posted photos of unclaimed bodies on their website in an effort to get the public to identify them.

According to MyFoxChicago.com, the online effort is generating some controversy because of the graphic images, but Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Steve Cina believes the ends justify the means to reunite people with loved ones, even after death.

The website contains information about when the bodies were found and where, along with identifying information and photos of the dead person's face.

"We're hoping that a photo can trigger somebody's memory, that you know, that person grew up down the street from me, or that person used to live nearby and I know where their mom is," said Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Steve Cina.

The pictures are also linked to NAMUS, a national unidentified persons database.

Dr. Cina admits the images are graphic, but makes no apologies. He said that a warning page pops up before people see the pictures.

"For the some discomfort that it may show, that people may feel looking at some of the images, it's worth it to reunite some families," said Dr. Cina. "Maybe we've just given that family a chance to end a statement with a period, instead of a question mark. You know maybe that's the best we can do it at our end of the business."

Source: MyFoxChicago.com and CookCountyGov.com