THE MISSING AND UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN AND ADULTS OF PENNSYLVANIA NEED A VOICE! FIGHT FOR LAWS THAT MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO FOLLOW STRICT PROTOCOLS FOR MISSING AND UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN AND ADULTS!!
WHY DOES PENNSYLVANIA NEED IT?
PENNSYLVANIA DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE ANY LAW, STATUTE OR ADMINISTRATIVE CODE:
· Which dictates missing and unidentified persons policies and procedures
· Which requires law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners to report missing and unidentified persons cases to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
When reported to NCIC, records are retained indefinitely.
· Which requires the prompt gathering of DNA, dental information, fingerprints and radiographs for missing and unidentified persons cases.
· Which requires that all missing and unidentified persons cases be reported to a national database so that they may be cross-referenced with cases throughout the country.
· That implements a statewide database (clearinghouse) to which all Pennsylvania Law Enforcement, medical examiners and coroners are required to report all of their missing and unidentified persons cases.
· That implements the use of a Pennsylvania Missing and Unidentified Persons Non-Profit organization to provide families with instructions, resources, assistance, training and support, as well as, to provide investigating agencies with ancillary investigative support, training, and resources as to ensure that each case is given the proper time and attention.
WHAT WILL IT DO?
Create a Pennsylvania Missing and Unidentified Persons Law that:
· Requires Law Enforcement to accept ALL missing persons reports immediately. There will be NO justifiable reason for a delay.
· Requires Law Enforcement, Medical Examiners and Coroners to IMMEDIATELY submit their report information to NCIC (National Crime Information Center)
· Creates definitive missing and unidentified persons investigative protocols to be adhered to by law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners
· Establishes a Pennsylvania Missing and Unidentified Persons Clearinghouse to which all Pennsylvania law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners are required to report all missing and unidentified persons cases
· Requires that all Pennsylvania law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners report all missing and unidentified persons cases to a national search database (NamUs)
· Defines and Classifies a “HIGH-RISK” missing person
· Requires that law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners obtain primary, secondary and/or familial DNA as soon as possible, and NO LATER than 30 days after a person has been reported missing or found unidentified
· Requires that law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners obtain dental information as soon as possible, and NO LATER than 30 days after a person has been reported missing or found unidentified
When other states currently have effective and efficient protocols in place, and there are a number of COST-FREE governmental resources available, there should be no reason why Pennsylvania cannot also make such an invaluable change. A new protocol would include, but would not be limited to:
* Introduce and enhance DNA submission
* Thorough dental evaluation by Forensic Odontologists
* Through osteological examinations by experienced Forensic Anthropologists
* Centralized national clearinghouse that offers advanced investigative tools such as national cross-referencing and exclusions
* Multiple agencies working hand-in-hand throughout the state, thus greatly increasing the chance of recovery and identification
This petition is an absolutely necessary supplement to a very promising initiative. Thanks to agencies throughout the country, we are receiving excellent support to make this happen! It is our hope to place politics to the side, and submit this petition simply as concerned citizens of our great state.