TITLE LIX
PROCEEDINGS IN CRIMINAL CASES

Chapter 611-B
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER

Section 611-B:1

    611-B:1 Definitions. –
In this chapter:
I. "Acting chief medical examiner" means the physician designated pursuant to RSA 611-B:4.
II. "Assistant deputy medical examiner" means a person appointed by the chief medical examiner pursuant to RSA 611-B:5.
II-a. "Associate medical examiner" means the licensed physician certified by the American Board of Pathology as a qualified pathologist and appointed pursuant to RSA 611-B:3-a.
III. "Chief medical examiner" means the licensed physician certified by the American Board of Pathology as a qualified pathologist and appointed pursuant to RSA 611-B:2.
IV. "Death investigation" means an investigation conducted by a medical examiner pursuant to this chapter, which may involve one or more of the following: a telephone consultation, investigation of the scene of death, or post-mortem examination.
V. "Deputy chief medical examiner" means the licensed physician certified by the American Board of Pathology as a qualified pathologist and appointed pursuant to RSA 611-B:3.
VI. "Designee" means the medical examiner designated by the chief medical examiner to act on behalf of the chief medical examiner, who shall be either the deputy chief medical examiner or the acting chief medical examiner.
VII. "Medical examiner" means any person authorized pursuant to RSA 611-B to investigate medico-legal cases.
VIII. "Post-mortem examination" means any external or internal examination of a decedent's body.
IX. "Supervising medical examiner" means the chief medical examiner, deputy chief medical examiner, or acting chief medical examiner.
X. "Telephone consultation" means a type of death investigation that does not involve a visual examination of the deceased by the medical examiner.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007. 2021, 91:155, eff. July 1, 2021.

Section 611-B:2

    611-B:2 Chief Medical Examiner; Authority; Rulemaking. –
I. There is hereby established within the department of justice the office of chief medical examiner. The office shall be under the immediate supervision of a person who shall be known as the "chief medical examiner," and who shall be a duly licensed physician and certified by the American Board of Pathology to possess special competence in forensic pathology and who has had experience in forensic medicine. The chief medical examiner shall be nominated by the attorney general and appointed by the governor and council and shall serve for a term of 5 years and until a successor is appointed, unless sooner removed by the governor and council for cause in accordance with the provisions of RSA 4:1. The chief medical examiner shall be subject to direction and control by the attorney general in all matters relating to the enforcement of the criminal law. The chief medical examiner shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. The chief medical examiner or designee shall be continually available for emergency consultation as necessary for carrying out the functions of this office.
II. The chief medical examiner shall have the authority to adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:
(a) The methods and procedures for medico-legal death investigations.
(b) The examination of substances taken from dead bodies or human remains in order to determine the manner of death, provided that such examinations shall be conducted, whenever possible, at existing qualified state facilities.
(c) Training and certification of medical examiners under RSA 611-B.
(d) The fee schedule for medical examiners under RSA 611-B.
(e) Forms, blank returns, and other documents necessary for medical examiners to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:3

    611-B:3 Deputy Chief Medical Examiner. – There is hereby established within the office of chief medical examiner the position of deputy chief medical examiner. The deputy chief medical examiner shall be appointed in the same manner as the chief medical examiner as provided in RSA 611-B:2, and shall be a licensed physician, certified by the American Board of Pathology as a qualified pathologist, with training and experience in forensic medicine. The deputy chief medical examiner shall serve under the professional direction and supervision of the chief medical examiner and shall act as the chief medical examiner whenever the latter is absent, or unable to act for any cause.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:3-a

    611-B:3-a Associate Medical Examiner. – There is hereby established within the office of the chief medical examiner the position of associate medical examiner. The associate medical examiner shall be appointed in the same manner as the chief medical examiner as provided in RSA 611-B:2, and shall be a licensed physician, certified by the American Board of Pathology as a qualified pathologist, with training and experience in forensic medicine. The associate medical examiner shall serve under the professional direction and supervision of the chief medical examiner and deputy chief medical examiner and shall act as the chief medical examiner whenever the chief medical examiner and deputy chief medical examiner are absent, or unable to act for any cause.

Source. 2021, 91:156, eff. July 1, 2021.

Section 611-B:4

    611-B:4 Acting Chief Medical Examiner. – The chief medical examiner may designate in writing an acting chief medical examiner who shall be a licensed physician, certified by the American Board of Pathology as a qualified pathologist with training and experience in forensic medicine. The acting chief medical examiner shall act as the chief medical examiner whenever the chief medical examiner, deputy chief medical examiner, and the associate medical examiner are absent, or unable to act for any cause.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007. 2021, 91:157, eff. July 1, 2021.

Section 611-B:5

    611-B:5 Assistant Deputy Medical Examiners. – The chief medical examiner shall appoint assistant deputy medical examiners to perform the duties of medical examiner under this chapter. Assistant deputy medical examiners shall serve without geographic restriction. An assistant deputy medical examiner shall be a person educated in the science of medicine and shall serve under the direction and supervision of the chief medical examiner. An assistant deputy medical examiner shall possess all the powers granted to medical examiners under this chapter and be sworn in the same manner. Assistant deputy medical examiners shall serve at the pleasure of the chief medical examiner.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:6

    611-B:6 Indemnification of Medical Examiner. – The provisions of RSA 99-D shall apply to the chief medical examiner and any other medical examiner or investigator employed in the office of the chief medical examiner for claims arising from the scope of their official duties, including, but not limited to, the practice of forensic pathology and the practice of clinical forensic medicine.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:7

    611-B:7 Supervision. – The chief medical examiner shall have general supervision over the administration of and shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. Medical examiners shall serve under the professional direction and supervision of the chief medical examiner.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:8

    611-B:8 Affiliation and Training. –
I. The chief medical examiner shall have the authority to enter into agreements, subject to approval of the attorney general and governor and council, with state departments and with any public or private college or university, school of medicine, or hospital for the use of certain laboratories, morgues, and other technical facilities, and, pursuant to such agreements, shall have authority to make medical examiners available to such educational institutions for the teaching of legal medicine and other subjects closely related to their duties.
II. The chief medical examiner and, at the chief medical examiner's direction, other medical examiners shall assist in the training of police officers in police training programs authorized by the police standards and training council under RSA 106-L.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007. 2017, 206:23, eff. Sept. 8, 2017.

Section 611-B:9

    611-B:9 Temporary Expert Assistance. – The supervising medical examiner shall have authority to call upon and employ such persons, skilled in science, pathology, or otherwise, as are necessary for the performance of duties, as occasion may necessitate.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:10

    611-B:10 Administrative and Technical Assistance. – The chief medical examiner may employ adequate administrative, clerical, and technical assistants to carry out the purposes of this chapter, all of whom shall be in the classified service of the state.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:11

    611-B:11 Oath; Duty to Investigate in Medico-Legal Case. –
I. Each medical examiner shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, take an oath of office.
II. A medical examiner shall make investigations in medico-legal cases. A medico-legal case exists when death is pronounced or remains are found indicating that a human has died and that death is known or suspected to have resulted from:
(a) Any death known or suspected to have occurred during or as a result of any criminal act regardless of the time interval between incident and death and regardless of whether criminal violence appears to have been the immediate cause of death or a contributory factor thereto.
(b) Any death by suicide regardless of the time interval between the incident and death.
(c) Any death due to accidental or unintentional injury regardless of the time interval between the incident and death and regardless of whether such injury appears to have been the immediate cause of death or a contributory factor thereto.
(d) Deaths associated with fire or explosion.
(e) Deaths associated with firearms or other mortal weapons.
(f) Any death which occurs in or associated with any public or private conveyance, including but not limited to any motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, bicycle, aircraft, watercraft, motorcycle, bus, train, or the like.
(g) Abortion or the complications thereof if the abortion was known or suspected to have been performed by an unlicensed practitioner.
(h) Poison, illicit drug use, or an overdose of any drug or medication.
(i) Disease, injury, or exposure to a toxic agent resulting from or occurring during the course of employment.
(j) Disease or agent which constitutes a public health hazard or environmental hazard.
(k) Sudden unexpected death when in apparent good health of a person under the age of 60 years.
(l) Death of a person whose medical care has not been regularly followed by a physician.
(m) Death occurring in legal custody, including any death that occurs in any prison or penal institution.
(n) Death associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, including intraoperative and perioperative deaths.
(o) Death in which a body is to be cremated in the state of New Hampshire or buried at sea regardless of the jurisdiction in which the death occurred.
(p) Death occurring less than 24 hours after admission to a health care facility or hospital, except when the decedent was known to have been terminally ill from natural disease and the death is imminent and expected.
(q) Death of a child under the age of 18 years unless the child is known to be terminally ill from natural disease or congenital anomaly and the death is expected.
(r) The death of any child from any cause when such death occurs at a day care facility, or when the child is in foster care, or when the child is in the custody of or being investigated by the department of health and human services.
(s) Fetal deaths that result from intrauterine trauma when the fetus has attained 20 weeks gestation or 350 grams weight.
(t) Death known to have been improperly certified, including but not limited to any remains brought into the state of New Hampshire without proper certification.
(u) Death of any unidentified person regardless of cause and manner.
(v) Discovery of buried remains which are known or thought to be human and which are uncovered other than by an exhumation order.
(w) The discovery of decomposed remains, including partially or completely skeletonized remains.
(x) Suspicious or unusual circumstances surrounding a presumed natural death.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:12

    611-B:12 Mandatory Reporting of Medico-Legal Deaths. – It shall be the duty of anyone who finds the body of any person whose death is suspected to have been caused or to have occurred in any manner described in RSA 611-B:11, or who finds remains which are thought to be human to immediately notify the medical examiner and the county attorney for the county where the body or remains are found.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:13

    611-B:13 Charge of Body. – Whenever the medical examiner has notice of the body of a person whose death is supposed to have been caused in a manner described in RSA 611-B:11, the medical examiner shall take charge of the body and may go to the place where such body lies. The medical examiner may authorize the moving of the body.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:14

    611-B:14 Survey of Location. –
I. Before a body is removed or disturbed, the medical examiner shall make or cause to be made a careful survey of the body and its surroundings, and reduce or cause to be reduced to writing an accurate and detailed description of the location, position, and condition of the body and any other facts concerning the body or its surroundings that will aid in determining the cause and manner of death.
II. A body shall not be altered or disturbed, personal effects shall not be removed or altered, and physical or biological evidence, including samples of blood and other body fluids for analysis, shall not be obtained or collected from the body, without the permission of the medical examiner.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:14-a

    611-B:14-a Medical Records. – For the purpose of any medical examination into the cause and manner of death, and where medical treatment has been provided to the decedent who is the subject of the examination, upon written request of the supervising medical examiner any individual, partnership, association, corporation, institution, or governmental entity which has rendered such treatment shall provide the supervising medical examiner with all medical records pertaining to the decedent and the treatment rendered. This section shall not preclude the supervising medical examiner from directly inspecting or obtaining any medical records pertaining to a case under the jurisdiction of the chief medical examiner. The records shall be promptly provided to the supervising medical examiner. When the records are incorporated into the files of the medical examiner or the office of the chief medical examiner, they shall be confidential and shall not be available for public inspection.

Source. 2008, 197:2, eff. June 11, 2008.

Section 611-B:15

    611-B:15 Postmortem Examination. –
I. If the medical examiner determines that an external examination of the body is necessary to determine the manner and cause of death, the medical examiner may arrange for the body to be transported to a funeral home or other facility where an examination can be conducted. In the event that the decedent's family or next of kin does not employ the services of the funeral home or other facility used to transport the body, the cost of that transport shall be billed to the state.
II. In the event an autopsy is ordered, the medical examiner shall arrange for the body to be transported to the morgue. The cost of that transport shall be billed to the state.
III. The medical examiner performing the postmortem examination shall take and preserve, under proper seal, such portions of the body and its contents, together with such other articles that may require subsequent examination in order to determine the manner and cause of death.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:16

    611-B:16 Property of Deceased. – In all cases arising under the provisions of this chapter, the medical examiner shall take charge of any money and other personal property of the deceased found upon or near the body. Unless held as evidence, all money and other personal property shall be released with the body to the legal next of kin. If any personal property is retained, the medical examiner shall inventory the property on a form prescribed by the chief medical examiner. The inventory shall list the total of any cash received and a complete description of any other items, including quantity and any identifying information. The original inventory form shall be retained on file for a period of at least 5 years by the office of the chief medical examiner, together with the case file. A copy of the inventory form shall be forwarded to the next of kin of the decedent, if that person's identity is known, either directly or through the funeral home to which the decedent's body is released.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:17

    611-B:17 Performance of Autopsies. –
I. If the supervising medical examiner, attorney general, or county attorney deems that an autopsy is necessary, he or she shall direct that one be made. The commissioner of the department of health and human services may, pursuant to RSA 126-A:5, V, request an autopsy of any individual who dies while admitted to, a resident of, or receiving care from New Hampshire hospital, Glencliff home, or any other residential facility operated by the department or a contract service provider.
II. The supervising medical examiner shall have the authority to conduct an autopsy and shall comply with any request by the attorney general, a county attorney, or the commissioner of health and human services to perform an autopsy.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:18

    611-B:18 Retention and Disposal of Organs, Unidentified Remains, Body Fragments, and Body Fluids. –
I. Except as provided in RSA 227-C:8-a through RSA 227-C:8-g, whenever unidentified human skeletal remains are recovered, the chief medical examiner may store the remains, release them to an educational institution, direct that they be interred in an appropriate resting place, or have them cremated in accordance with RSA 325-A. Ashes of remains cremated shall be disposed of in an appropriate manner. Human skeletal remains recovered in a cared-for cemetery shall not be subject to the provisions of this paragraph.
II. The chief medical examiner or a designated pathologist may retain body tissues or body fluids for evidence, further study, documentation, or research. Subject to RSA 651-D:3, body tissue or body fluids retained for such purposes, or those which have been recovered after the body has been released from the custody of the medical examiner, may, unless claimed in writing by the person responsible for burial, be disposed of:
(a) According to the practices of the laboratory responsible for analysis;
(b) By the office of the chief medical examiner; or
(c) By the medical examiner or pathologist retaining those tissues or fluids.
III. Subject to RSA 651-D:3, the chief medical examiner may dispose of substantial body tissues that have been retained for evidence, further study, or documentation or that have been recovered after the rest of the body has been finally released, in accordance with paragraph I, unless claimed by the person responsible for burial.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:19

    611-B:19 Duty of the State Forensic Science Laboratory. – Whenever the supervising medical examiner requires expert investigation, either chemical or pathological, of any substance or article preserved from an autopsy, such investigation may be made at the forensic science laboratory of the department of safety established in RSA 106-B:2-a, without charge or expense to the state or county, and the expert making such investigation shall submit a report of the results of the work to the person requesting it.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:20

    611-B:20 Report to County Attorney. – If, upon completion of a death investigation, the medical examiner is of the opinion that the death of the person was caused or occurred in any manner described in RSA 611-B:11, the medical examiner shall file a record of the case with the county attorney or the attorney general, in accordance with rules adopted by the chief medical examiner under RSA 541-A.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:21

    611-B:21 Autopsy and Investigative Reports. –
I. The medical examiner shall charge a reasonable fee for each autopsy report made available upon request. Such fee shall be credited to the medico-legal investigation fund established under RSA 611-B:28.
II. Homicide autopsy reports shall be made available only to the department of justice unless a written release is provided by the department of justice.
III. Except as provided otherwise by law and in rules adopted by the chief medical examiner pursuant to RSA 541-A, autopsy reports, investigative reports, and supporting documentation are confidential medical records and, as such, are exempt from the provisions of RSA 91-A. Copies of such documents may be made available to the next of kin, a law enforcement, prosecutorial, or other governmental agency involved in the investigation of the death, the decedent's treating physician, and a medical or scientific body or university or similar organization for educational or research purposes. Autopsy reports, investigative reports, and supporting documents shall not otherwise be released without the authorization of next of kin.
IV. For any autopsy conducted pursuant to RSA 126-A:5, V, a report of any autopsy requested by the commissioner of health and human services shall be provided to the commissioner's quality assurance program and any autopsy findings, test results, reports, or any other information pertaining to the autopsy shall be treated by the department of health and human services in accordance with the quality assurance program under RSA 126-A:4, IV. The copy of the report provided to the department under this section shall be privileged and confidential as provided in RSA 126-A:4, IV(b), except that the medical examiner may forward a copy of the report to the department of justice if the medical examiner finds that the cause of death may be attributable to criminal conduct, or may otherwise disclose the report in accordance with this statute.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:22

    611-B:22 Report to Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. – In any case in which the deceased whose death is being investigated is a child whose death is determined to have been the result of sudden unexplained infant death, the supervising medical examiner shall file a record of the case with the bureau of maternal and child health, department of health and human services. The bureau shall not release this report to any person without the written permission of the supervising medical examiner. The bureau may inform the parents of the child of the disposition of the case in a letter, but shall not include any portion of the autopsy report.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:23

    611-B:23 Dental Examinations. – In deaths investigated by a medical examiner, when the identity of a dead body cannot be established by visual means, fingerprints, or other identifying data, the medical examiner shall have a qualified dentist, as determined by the supervising medical examiner, carry out a dental examination of the dead body. If the medical examiner with the aid of the dental examination and other sources of identification is still not able to establish the identity of the dead body, he or she shall prepare and forward the dental examination records to the division of state police on a form supplied by the division for that purpose.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:24

    611-B:24 Release of Body. –
The medical examiner, upon the completion of the investigation, shall release the dead body, upon their claim therefor, to one of the following persons:
I. The husband or wife, as the case may be.
II. The next of kin.
III. Any friend of the deceased.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:25

    611-B:25 Unclaimed Body. – If a dead body is unidentified or unclaimed for a period of not less than 48 hours following completion of the death investigation, the medical examiner shall release the body to the overseer of public welfare in the town or, in the case of an unincorporated place, to a county commissioner, who shall decently bury or cremate the body, or, with the consent of the commissioners or the overseer, it may be sent to the medical department of a medical school or university, to be used for the advancement of the science of anatomy and surgery, as provided for by law.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:26

    611-B:26 Death Record. – When the body is released pursuant to RSA 611-B:24 or RSA 611-B:25, the medical examiner shall provide to the person taking custody of the body a state of New Hampshire death certificate form with the pronouncing and certifying sections completed.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:27

    611-B:27 Assistant Deputy Medical Examiner Accounts. –
I. Assistant deputy medical examiners shall be paid at the following rates: telephone consultations-$25; death investigations involving an external examination of the body-$140, plus mileage at the state rate; pre-cremation examinations conducted pursuant to RSA 325-A:18-$50.
II. Assistant deputy medical examiners shall submit all claims for telephone consultation fees, death investigation fees and expenses, and pre-cremation examination fees to the office of the chief medical examiner, which shall authorize such claims and submit them for payment to the state treasurer, chargeable to the medico-legal investigation fund established pursuant to RSA 611-B:28. On a monthly basis, the office of the chief medical examiner shall bill each of the counties for the services provided to that county by the assistant deputy medical examiners during the previous month, and any body transportation costs associated with the billed services, as provided under RSA 611-B:15, I. Services shall be billed at the following rates: telephone consultation-$25; death investigation-$140; travel expenses-the state mileage rate. The county treasurer shall submit payment to the state treasurer, for deposit in the medico-legal investigation fund.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007. 2008, 197:3, eff. June 11, 2008.

Section 611-B:27-a

    611-B:27-a Autopsy Expenses. –
I. All autopsy-related bills shall be submitted to the office of the chief medical examiner, which shall authorize them and submit them for payment to the state treasurer, chargeable to the medico-legal investigative fund established pursuant to RSA 611-B:28.
II. For purposes of this section, autopsy expenses shall include morgue costs, microscopic processes, toxicology, body transportation, x-ray costs, and other ancillary testing costs.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:28

    611-B:28 Medico-Legal Investigation Fund. –
I. There is established in the office of the state treasurer a nonlapsing fund to be known as the medico-legal investigation fund, which shall be kept distinct and separate from all other funds. The medico-legal investigation fund is established to receive all fees paid to the state related to medico-legal investigations and reports, to receive autopsy expenses paid to the state, to pay autopsy expenses authorized by the office of the chief medical examiner, fees due to assistant deputy medical examiners for investigations conducted, related administrative salaries, and the costs of recruitment, training, administration, and supervision of assistant deputy medical examiners.
II. The treasurer shall deposit in the medico-legal investigation fund all fees collected by the department of justice, office of the chief medical examiner pursuant to RSA 611-B. The treasurer shall also deposit in the medico-legal investigation fund such other funds received under state or federal law, or donated to the state by private parties, for the purposes related to medico-legal investigations, the recruitment, training, administration, and supervision of assistant deputy medical examiners, and related technology projects and improvements, and the treasurer shall credit any interest or income earned on moneys on deposit to the fund.
III. The attorney general is authorized to accept, budget, and expend moneys in the medico-legal investigation fund received from any party without the approval of the governor and council for the purposes of paying fees due by law to assistant deputy medical examiners, and for recruitment, training, administration, and supervision of assistant deputy medical examiners, administrative support costs, and related information technology.
IV. All moneys in the medico-legal investigation fund shall be continually appropriated to the department of justice and shall not lapse.
V. The treasurer, upon approval of the attorney general, shall pay assistant deputy medical examiners fees to which they are entitled by law, the expenses of recruiting, training, administering, and supervising assistant deputy medical examiners, administrative support costs, and the expenses of related information technology.
VI. The attorney general shall include the medico-legal investigation fund in the department budget submitted pursuant to RSA 9:4.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Missing Persons

Section 611-B:29

    611-B:29 Dental Records. – If a person reported missing has not been found within 30 days, the county sheriff, chief of police of a city or town, medical examiner, or other law enforcement authority initiating or conducting the investigation for the missing person shall request the family or next of kin of the missing person to give them written consent to contact and request from the dentist of the missing person the person's dental records. The dental records of the missing person shall be forwarded to the division of state police on a form supplied by the division for that purpose.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:30

    611-B:30 Identification by Scoring Probabilities. – The division of state police shall act as a repository or computer center, or both, for the dental examination records and dental records filed with it under this chapter. The division shall compare the dental examination records filed pursuant to RSA 611-B:29 with the dental records filed pursuant to RSA 611-B:23 and shall determine which scoring probabilities are the highest for purposes of identification, and shall submit the information to the agency that prepared and forwarded the dental examination records. The division files shall be made available to any law enforcement agency attempting to locate a missing person.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.

Section 611-B:31

    611-B:31 Destruction of Records. – If a person reported missing has been found, the county sheriff, chief of police of a city or town, medical examiner, or other law enforcement authority shall report the fact to the division of state police. After receiving the report, the division shall erase or destroy the dental records with respect to the person, which are maintained pursuant to this subdivision.

Source. 2007, 324:1, eff. Sept. 14, 2007.