Decision Maker Response
John Pederson
State Senator

Jul 12, 2012 — Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your thoughts; I do not disagree with you. Current Minnesota law requires an individual to promptly report the death of a child or adult to the appropriate authorities (Minnesota Statute 390.11). You can find more information on Minnesota's version of duty to promptly report a death here: Additionally, you may read more about the Minnesota Missing Children and Endangered Persons Act in Minnesota Statute 299C.51 through 299C.56, available here:

While Minnesota law requires a parent to report the death of a child, there is currently no statute which places a duty on a parent to report a missing child. It may very well be time to address this part of the equation, and I will add this issue to my list for consideration if I am reelected this fall.

Again, thank you for your email. I do value your opinion and will always welcome your input. Please call or write any time.


John Pederson
Minnnesota State Senator
District 15