Law Named For Missing Star City Teen Would Expand Amber Alert Criteria
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 06, 2013 @ 7:34PM
Created on March 06, 2013 @ 6:10PM
Wednesday marked the nine month anniversary since anyone has seen or heard from Skylar Neese.
Now lawmakers in Charleston are working on bill that would expand Amber Alerts to including missing children.
House Bill 2452, "Skylar's Law" has been named after the missing Star City teenager.
Neese went missing from her home last July.
At the time police classified her as a runaway because they spotted her on a surveillance camera getting into a car right outside her home.
Since that time no one has seen or heard from her.
The way it stands there are four criteria needed to issue an Amber Alert. The child is believed to have been abducted; is under 18; may be in danger of death or serious injury; and there is sufficient information to indicate the Amber Alert would be helpful.
"Skylar's Law" would let police contact the Amber Alert coordinator to determine if there's enough information to issue the alert.
Charlene Marsha, D-Monongalia, is the lead sponsor of the bill.
Marshall told 5 News that should would want police to have every resource needed if any of her children went missing.
"I would expect them and want them to use whatever possible tool they had," Marshall said. "I would also want them to notify as many authorities as possible."
Marshall said that Neese's family has helped to push the bill forward.
On Tuesday "Sklyar's Law" moved unanimously through the House Judiciary Committee.
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