Law seeks to speed up missing person response

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A new Kansas law aims to speed up police response to reports of missing people, especially those thought to be in imminent danger.

Under the law that went into effect Monday, all police agencies in Kansas will take a missing-person report, regardless of how long the person has been missing. The information then will be entered into a computer database used by law enforcement agencies nationwide.

The Kansas City Star reports  that Greg Smith, a state senator from Overland Park, pushed for the new law.  His 18-year-old daughter was reported missing in 2007. Authorities searched for her for four days before finding her body.

The law also creates a special category of “high-risk missing person” that will allow law enforcement officials to focus their resources on those cases.

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