Senate passes bill requiring witnesses to report deaths

    Iowans would be required to call authorities if they find a corpse or someone in danger of dying under a bill approved Monday. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

    Anyone who fails to contact the police or emergency workers when they find a corpse or see someone in danger of dying or suffering a serious injury could be charged with a misdemeanor under legislation approved by the Senate Monday.

    The bill, Senate File 243, passed by the House in April, will now be sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds.

    The legislation grew out of a case in Johnson County in which witnesses failed to provide investigators the location of a 15-year-old boy who drowned in Coralville Lake, or provide details of what happened. The boys’ possessions and money were stolen.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.