DEDE and DALE KEENE,

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U.S. Senator John Cornyn

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Name/Email:
DEDE and DALE KEENE (voices4missing@yahoo.com)

Street Address:
PO BOX 1627,
Vidor, TX
77662

Phone:
409-422-4538

Your Message:

Dear Senator CORNYN I am writing this letter in support of pending legislation, Billy's Law (S3019). According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 4,000 unidentified remains are discovered each year. After one year, 1,000 of these bodies remain unidentified. With tens of thousands of people reported missing each year, it is likely that a family member, friend, or loved one is looking for that unidentified person and simply can't find them due to the absence of a cooperative effort by law enforcement across the country. Some law enforcement agencies have a lackadaisical attitude when they receive a report for the “voluntarily missing” and often there is very little effort to search for them. The problem is when the case goes long term. If there is any follow-up at all, often it is long after the initial report. Often those long term cases have not been resolved because the missing person has died and their remains lay unidentified in a county morgue or cemetery. I am a SURVIVOR of Abduction ,i know first hand what should be done . The problem we face is there is no national protocol in play to assist investigators to bridge the gap between missing persons and unidentified persons cases. The Help Find the Missing Act will bridge the gap. The National Missing Persons and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is by far becoming one of the best ways for the public and law enforcement agencies across the country to work together to help bring missing loved ones home! Since its launch in June of last year, the database of unidentified decedents and missing persons has proved essential in solving 16 cases. With the passing of Billy's Law, this number only stands to grow. Unfortunately, without the funding of Billy's Law not all law enforcement agencies are able to allocate the resources necessary to use the (NamUs system). The passing of Billy's Law would make it possible for agencies across the country to input information on their unidentified decedents, increasing the number of case resolutions and potentially bringing closure to families of missing persons all across our country. I support this funding and hope that you do as well. I respectfully urge you to pass (S3019) when it comes before you. Sincerely and Respectfully, DeDe & Dale Keene Founders A.M.A.L.P MINISTRY aka America's Missing,Abducted and Lost Persons VOICES for the MISSING & UNIDENTIFIED since 1999 http://www.voices4missing.ning.com MATTHEW 10:26

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That is about the reply I got after half a dozen submissions to fax and e-mail plus talking to staffers.
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