Kansas law seeks to speed up missing person response

(AP) — A new Kansas law aims to speed up police response to reports of missing people, especially those thought to be in imminent danger.Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 2.20.22 PM

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.

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.