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Md. bill would require reporting of dead bodies

Wednesday - 3/5/2014, 1:52pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Two Republican state lawmakers from Washington County want to make it crime not to report a dead body or death.

The Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/1lyJ3ZX ) reports that the bill sponsored by Sen. Christopher Shank and Del. Neil Parrott got a hearing Tuesday in Annapolis.

They say the measure was prompted by the death in August of 40-year-old Kenneth Flook of Hagerstown. Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore says Flook died at the house of a friend who then dumped the body several miles away.

Mullendore says the state medical examiner's office couldn't determine the cause of Flook's death.

The bill would require a person with personal knowledge of a death or a dead body to notify law enforcement within four hours. Violation could bring a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com


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