INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that's expected to become state law would give Indiana's coroners the option of using surgically inserted medical devices to identify bodies.
Senate members voted 48-0 Tuesday to advance the measure, which had cleared the House 97-1 in January.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign the bill into law.
The legislation was supported by the Indiana Coroners Association. It would allow county coroners to positively identify a corpse by matching the unique serial number of a surgically inserted medical device, such as a pacemaker or breast implant, with the manufacturer's record of who received the device.
Under current Indiana law, the identification of a body is only valid if confirmed by fingerprints, DNA, dental records or recognition by an immediate relative.
- Indiana coroners expected to get new means to ID bodies
- Coroner ID's Indiana boy killed in school bus crash
- Coroner IDs Harrison students killed in crash
- Coroner: Man dies after lightning strike on Indiana lake
- Coroner: Skeletal remains are those of missing Indiana man
- Indiana officials encourage residents to upgrade ID cards
- Remains in Indiana field IDed as woman missing since 2012
- Indiana offers nonbinary gender option on licenses, IDs
- Indiana boosts security on driver's licenses, ID cards
- Indiana BMV puts nonbinary gender option for IDs on hold