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State Rep. Terry Goodin makes improvements to Molly Dattilo's Law

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For immediate release:
May 9, 2013

 

INDIANAPOLIS - Today, Gov. Mike Pence will give final approval to legislation (House Bill 1044) that includes a proposal from Rep. Terry Goodin (D-Austin) to allow Indiana police departments to undergo annual missing person’s training.

The idea for Goodin’s amendment came when a woman in his district reported to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) that her daughter, 32-year-old Sarah May Kilgore, went missing in October. Her request was not accepted until three months later.

“IMPD’s inability to act on a missing persons request for three months is not in conjunction with the current High Risk Missing Persons law, otherwise known as the Molly Dattilo Law,” Goodin said.

“So I worked with the family and police officers to put together an amendment to House Bill 1044, which requires police to go through Alzheimer’s and dementia training. My amendment requires the same training for high risk missing persons.

“With this new law, I hope that police departments throughout Indiana will be able to look into all missing persons cases in a timely manner with the proper training,” he added.

“I want to do everything I can to help families in their time of need.”

Goodin noted the bipartisan efforts involved with this legislation, included author of the bill Rep. William Friend (R-Macy) and Senate sponsor Randy Head (R-Logansport).

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