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  1. #76
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    Mar 2009
    Want to share these FB pages.

    Michigan for the Federal Help Find the Missing Act - Billy's Law
    Texas for the Federal Help Find the Missing Act - Billy's Law

    Every year tens of thousands of Americans go missing, never to be seen by their loved ones again. At the same time, there are also an estimated 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains that are being held or disposed of across the country. Sadly, because of gaps in the nation’s missing persons systems, missing persons and unidentified remains are rarely matched. The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy’s Law) is an effort to fix these problems and bring closure to the loved ones of the missing.

    This legislation is named after Billy Smolinski of Waterbury, Connecticut who went missing on August 24, 2004 at the age of 31. Billy’s family knows all too well the systemic challenges in trying to find the missing. They quickly learned that while federal law mandates law enforcement report missing children, there are no such requirements for adults – or unidentified bodies. Compounding this problem is the fact that local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and coroners, often don’t have the resources or training to voluntarily report these cases. Finally, even when missing adults and remains are reported, the wide-range of unconnected federal, state, local, and non-profit databases to help match the missing with unidentified bodies, makes finding a match an often insurmountable challenge.

    The Help Find the Missing Act builds upon recent efforts to address these issues by:

    Authorizing, and therefore helping to ensure funding for, the National Missing Persons and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), which was created in July 2007 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide a missing persons/unidentified database that the public could access and contribute;

    Connecting NamUs with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in order to create more comprehensive missing persons and unidentified remains databases and streamlining the reporting process for local law enforcement;

    Expanding current law by requiring missing children be reported to NamUs (they already must be reported to NCIC);

    Creating an incentive grants program to help states, local law enforcement, and medical examiners and coroners report missing persons and unidentified remains to NCIC, NamUs, and the National DNA Index System (NDIS); and

    Calling on the DOJ to issue guidelines and best practices on handling missing persons and unidentified remains cases in order to empower law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners to help find the missing.

  2. #77
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    kpdx is offline Jane Doe was discovered Aug. 14, 1977 outside of Everett WA
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    Feb 2009
    PDX, OR
    This match is so awesome, I am so happy PJs family finally knows what happened to her. I have been struck over the years by what a beautiful girl she was, the pictures showing a lively spirit, and I am happy she is finally going home to her family.

    Well done, HoustonMom and thanks to the LE! Its matches like these that keep hope for resolution alive.

    Thoughts with the family.
    'Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.'

    Sherlock Holmes

  3. #78
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    Oct 2009
    New England
    Wonder why her profile is still up on Doenetwork. Are they that slow getting things updated? http://doenetwork.org/cases/108dfmi.html
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

  4. #79
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    Sep 2012
    northern VA, USA
    Quote Originally Posted by carbuff View Post
    Wonder why her profile is still up on Doenetwork. Are they that slow getting things updated? http://doenetwork.org/cases/108dfmi.html

    Yep!!! I think the guy who was found dead in LA hanging from a tree (I posted that case, it caught on fire but we soon learned he had been ID'ed shortly after he was found) is still on TDN.

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  5. #80
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    Oct 2012
    Woohoo!! Im sooo late to hear this but Im sooo happy!! I live about 45 min from davison and Im so happy a michigan girl has been found!!

  6. #81
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    May 2006
    South Dakota
    it was immediately after the hit and run...and he died 10 years later.

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