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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 107 : Deaths, Burials, Autopsies

Subchapter 001 : General Requirements

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 5219)
  • § 5219. Persons missing and presumed dead; issuance of presumptive death certificate

    (a) On application of a spouse, parent, child, or other near relative, the Probate Division of the Superior Court may direct the Chief Medical Examiner to complete and sign a certificate of presumed death of a person who was a resident of the probate district and who has been absent for a continuous period of five years during which, after diligent search, the person has not been heard of or from or seen and whose absence has not been satisfactorily explained.

    (b) On application of a spouse, parent, child, or other near relative, the Superior Court may direct the Chief Medical Examiner to complete and sign a certificate of presumed death of a person who has been exposed to a specific peril of death and after diligent search, has not been heard of or from or seen. (Added 1989, No. 236 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. June 4, 1990; amended 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 238a, eff. Feb. 1, 2011.)