(1) The Governor may proclaim that a natural disaster or an act of war, terrorism or sabotage has caused the death of unknown persons on a specific date at a specific place.
(2) For the purposes of any civil or administrative proceeding, there is a presumption that a missing person is dead if it is shown that:
(a) The person was at or near the place described in a proclamation under this section on the date specified in the proclamation; and
(b) The personís absence cannot be satisfactorily explained after diligent search.
(3) In administering the estate of an absentee under ORS chapter 117, the court may enter an order directing the State Medical Examiner to deposit a death certificate with the county registrar for a decedent presumed to be dead under this section. The county registrar may not charge a fee for depositing a death certificate under this subsection or for issuing a copy of a death certificate deposited under this subsection. The State Medical Examiner shall indicate on the death certificate that the death certificate was issued pursuant to an order entered under this section.
(4) This section does not establish, limit or abrogate the special peril doctrine. [2003 c.560 §1]
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