Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office Pulse Media Advisory | June 15, 2016

Orange County, FL – UPDATE: Media Advisory

The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office has the following information to report regarding the status of its operations as of 10 a.m. on June 15:

  • All forty-nine (49) victims and the suspect connected to Pulse Nightclub Orlando shooting have been identified.
  • The immediate next of kin for all forty-nine (49) victims have been notified through the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Autopsies are required to be conducted in all cases of homicide. The Medical Examiner (ME) completed all autopsies on Tuesday afternoon, June 14.
  • This is an active criminal investigation, therefore, the autopsy results and any reports generated will not be released at this time. This includes funeral home information.
  • Of the 49 victims, 35 victims have been released to a funeral home.
  • The Orange County ME facility is equipped to manage mass casualty incidents of this size without the need to establish temporary morgues.
  • Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS) is providing direct operational support, which includes additional physicians and technical staff.
  • Orange County medical staff included: Joshua Stephany, M.D.; Jessie Giles, M.D.; Marie Hansen, M.D.; Gary Utz, M.D. and Sara Zydowicz, D.O.
  • From FEMORS – (Sarasota, District 12): Chief Medical Director Russell Vega, M.D., and Associate ME Wilson Broussard, M.D.

About FEMORS: The State of Florida, in its disaster preparedness effort, and the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine have collaborated to develop and implement protocols to respond to a mass fatalities incident within its borders using trained personnel from multiple state, and local agencies, as well as other specialized resources in the event of a human-made or natural catastrophic incident. The FEMORS mission is to assist and support the local District Medical Examiner’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other responding agencies, in the event of a mass fatality incident as directed by the Florida Department of Health.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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