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Molly's Law Now In Effect

Last updated on Tuesday, July 3, 2007

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A new law regarding how police agencies handle missing persons reports is now in effect.

The push for Molly's Law started when Molly Dattilo disappeared in April 2005. The family felt the Marion County sheriff's department did not give the case the priority it deserved, and lobbied state lawmakers to step in.

Indianapolis Metro Police Lieutenant Sharri Horn says the new law does not change the way cases are investigated. The major provision of the law requires police to put the information on a missing person in the local and national databases within two hours after a report is made.

Horn says IMPD has already altered procedures in anticipation of the law--she says smaller departments may have some problems complying.

Horn says the first three hours after a missing-persons report are considered critical. She says it's often family members who wait too long before making a report, hoping to find the person.

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