The Census of medical Examiners' and Coroners' Offices (MECO) is a compilation of data on the practices of these offices, which are responsible for medical-legal death investigations. The data cover information such as the prevalence of unidentified human remains on record in medical examiners' and coroners' offices across the country, record-keeping practices, and final disposition practices such as burial, cremation, or other means. In addition, data are included regarding FTE employees, contractors, and annual budgets.
Hickman, Matthew J., Hughes, Kristen A., Strom, Kevin J., Ropero-Miller, Jeri D. Medical Examiners and Coroners' Offices, 2004. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. NCJ 216756, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.