LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – New legislation to protect children who go missing has been signed into law in Arkansas.
Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature authorizes Arkansas to become the first state to form a certified child abduction response team.
The bill, which has been three years in the making–coordinates law enforcement when a child is abducted.
Representative Rebecca Petty’s daughter Andi was kidnapped–and she sponsored the bill because she knows time is of essence in these cases.
“I really feel like this peice of legislation could have helped recover her possibly,” says Rep. Rebecca Petty, (R) Rogers.
Another bill signed into law Friday hopes to connect missing and unidentified persons cases at the State Crime Lab to unvolved crimes.
Rep. Petty believes this will help bring closure to families — and help solve more cold cases.