(20 ILCS 2630/9)
(from Ch. 38, par. 206-9)
(a) Every county medical examiner and coroner shall, in every
death investigation where the identity of a dead body cannot be determined
by visual means, fingerprints, or other identifying data, have a qualified
dentist, as determined by the county medical examiner or coroner, conduct
a dental examination of the dead body. If the county medical examiner or
coroner, with the aid of the dental examination and other identifiers, is
still unable to establish the identity of the dead body, the medical examiner
or coroner shall forthwith submit the dental records to the Department.
(b) If a person reported missing has not been found within 30 days, the
law enforcement agency to whom the person was reported missing shall, within
the next 5 days, make all necessary efforts to locate and request from the
family or next of kin of the missing person written consent to contact and
receive from the dentist of the missing person that person's dental records
and shall forthwith make every reasonable effort to acquire such records.
Within 5 days of the receipt of the missing person's dental records, the
law enforcement agency shall submit such records to the Department.
(c) The Department shall be the State central repository for all dental
records submitted pursuant to this Section. The Department may
promulgate rules for the form and manner of submission of dental records,
reporting of the location or identification of persons for whom dental
records have been submitted and other procedures for program operations.
(d) When a person who has been reported missing is located and that person's
dental records have been submitted to the Department, the law enforcement agency
which submitted that person's dental records to the Department shall report
that fact to the Department and the Department shall expunge the dental
records of that person from the Department's file.
The Department shall also expunge from its files the dental records of those
dead and missing persons who are positively identified as a result of comparisons
made with its files, the files maintained by other
states, territories, insular possessions of the United States,
or the United States.
(Source: P.A. 84-255.)