§ 23-4-9 Deaths in public places.
In the event that a person dies suddenly on a public highway or elsewhere in the public view and the death appears to be from natural causes or the result of injuries received from a highway accident, the state police or any superior officer of the local police or an agent of the office of state medical examiners may order the removal of the body from the place of death, upon completion of their investigation as to the cause and manner of death, to the funeral home designated by a family representative of the deceased or to the state morgue or any hospital.
(P.L. 1973, ch. 169, § 1.)