Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina

Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina. (Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune / March 1, 2013)

The Cook County medical examiner's office for the first time will post information about unidentified bodies, including photographs in some cases.

The medical examiner's office began working with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System's website in recent months, putting up information about a few bodies to help identify them, said office spokeswoman Mary Paleologos. One body was identified: A Michigan woman who had been found dead on the North Side.

The Cook County site is "the same idea," Paleologos said.

Medical Examiner Stephen Cina said he formed a committee to revamp the office's website to better explain what the medical examiner does and become a way for families to locate their relatives. Most of the website is already up and running, and county officials expect pages on unidentified bodies -- as well as identified bodies whose families have not been located -- to launch Wednesday.

In addition to the national website, Cina said his office took a look at what other states were doing, including Florida, Cina said. "We wanted to try to take the best of the best," Cina said.

The new site will have information on unidentified bodies, including physical descriptions and details about their clothing. In some cases photographs also will be posted, but they will stored in a way to deter people from downloading them, Cina said.

The site will have a separate section on identified people whose bodies have not yet been claimed, giving information such as names, dates and place of death, Cina said

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