NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced today the signing of Senate Bill 113 known as the Help Find the Missing Act. The act goes into effect on July 1.
The Help Find the Missing Act streamlines the procedure for how local law enforcement, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the medical examiner’s office communicate with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).
“The Help Find the Missing Act requires regional forensic centers to promptly furnish TBI and NamUs with identifying data of the deceased,” said Sen. Bailey. “Time is always of the essence in finding the missing. With more effective communication measures in place, the different groups are able to save precious time and get the information they need when they need it. This act is about making sure that no unnecessary stops are in place for information to flow through before getting to those whose jobs depend on it.”
“I am not only proud I was able to sponsor this legislation, but I’m also proud of the dedication and hard work of the Tennesseans who work tirelessly to help find the missing,” added Sen. Bailey.