ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for missing children are hoping to convince Maryland lawmakers that better coordination between law enforcement and community groups is needed to improve the odds whenever a child disappears.
The House Judiciary Committee heard Wednesday from about a dozen supporters of "Phylicia's Law," which aims to improve coordination and publicity of cases.
The bill is named in memory of North Carolina teen Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared in 2010 while visiting Baltimore and was found dead months later. The case sparked broader interest in missing persons cases.
A state police representative told committee members that the agency supports an amended version of the bill, which no longer requires state police to oversee all missing persons cases. The agency believes local police can best handle the cases with help from state investigators.
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