Manchin, Cornyn introduce "Skylar's Law"

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTV) -- Senators Joe Manchin and John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced “Skylar’s Law,” a bill to establish a national Endangered Missing Advisory communications network to give immediate notification of a missing child case that does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.

The bill, introduced Thursday, is named after Skylar Neese, a 16-year-old University High School student who was murdered in 2012. When Neese went missing, an Amber Alert was not issued since the case did not meet the criteria.

According to a press release, the bill would assist law enforcement officers throughout the country to issue immediate public notifications about a missing child case that does not meet the Amber Alert criteria (which requires evidence of abduction).

Officials say the EMA communications network was modeled after similar statewide efforts, including West Virginia. The network would be overseen by a coordinator who would work with states, law enforcement agencies, state governments and Amber Alert professionals and act as the nationwide point of contact. Officials say the network would also be a voluntary for states and communications network participants.