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Connecticut Could Overhaul Missing Person Laws


Hartford, CT – An effort to change how Connecticut police handle reports of missing adults is facing a key legislative vote. WAMC's Ian Pickus reports...

The General Assembly's Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill that would require state and local police to accept any report of a missing adult without delay.

Another part of the bill requires the state police unit that investigates missing adult cases to enter the appropriate information into the National Crime Information Center database and any other applicable federal databases.

The bill also extends the deadline for the state's police officer training council to develop a policy for handling missing adult cases.

Janice Smolinski, whose 31-year-old son Billy went missing in 2004, is pushing for the legislation. She says there was a sluggish police response to her son's disappearance.

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