Md. bill would require reporting of dead bodies

HAGERSTOWN — Two Republican state lawmakers from Washington County want to make it crime not to report a dead body or death.

The Herald-Mail 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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