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Law enforcement now required to use national database for missing persons

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Law enforcement will be required to use a new tool to help with state’s hundreds of missing persons cases.

Law enforcement say Michigan is ranked 3rd in the nation for most missing persons. Experts say requiring law enforcement to put missing person information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System could help lower the state’s number of missing persons.

Michigan State Police Detective-Sergeant Sarah Krebs is with the department’s Missing Persons Coordination Unit. She says this law will change the nature of how the law enforcement investigates missing persons.

“You have photographs. You can look at people and immediately decide whether or not it’s the same person.”

The database is also free and can be used by anyone – not just law enforcement.