Voice Platform and Support Network for Families of Missing and Victims of Crime
We at Peace4 the Missing are so proud to have Billy's Mom, Jan Smolinski as a part of this place ... and even more so forever grateful to Billy and his family for the creation of Billy's Law.
"Uncertainty is a cancer that crushes the spirit of loved ones left behind. With this bill, we have an opportunity to make changes nationwide and gives families like mine hope for a better, more certain tomorrow," said (Jan) Smolinski.
Every year tens of thousands of Americans go missing, never to be seen by their loved ones again. At the same time, there are also an estimated 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains that are being held or disposed of across the country, and no organized system to match cases and remains. Billy's family has experienced many obstacles in searching for their missing son, including disconnected federal databases and a systematic reluctance to prioritize missing adult cases.
"Billy's Law," introduced by Murphy and Poe last year, empowers families and loved ones of the missing to find justice by helping to secure funding for the only federal missing persons and unidentified remains database that can be cross-searched, accessed and added to by the public - the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). This database enables the loved ones of the missing to spend countless hours searching for a match and add invaluable information to the case profile that only they know.
The legislation helps to streamline the reporting process for law enforcement and medical examiners by connecting two major federal missing persons and unidentified remains databases- the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the NamUs. Connecting these databases makes them more comprehensive and more likely to lead to a missing person or unidentified remains match.
Billy's Law also creates an incentive grants program to coroners, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies to help facilitate the reporting of missing persons and unidentified remains to the federal databases. Grants can also be used for training programs on how to correctly use the databases and best handle these cases.
Billy's Law builds upon Connecticut's 2007 Law Enforcement and Missing Persons law as it also calls for the issuance of broad recommendations for standards and procedures for law enforcement to follow in dealing with missing persons and unidentified remains.
"The Smolinskis story is tragic, but this family's pursuit of justice, and desire to change the system for the better, is nothing less than heroic. I thank Jan for her courage to fight the system and change it for others across the nation," said Murphy.
Happy Birthday Billy.
The house was all set for the new baby, January 14, 1973 Our son William Jr. was born. We were excited and filled with emotions. A little mouth to feed our pride and joy..we were so happy. Bill was even afraid to drive the new baby home in the car from the hospital.. he was our treasure.."what if we got into an accident" he said, we arrived home safe and sound..the years passed, memories are many. Paula, Billy's sister arrived 1976 and we were a family, complete with the normal ups and downs of family life. The farm was great although it was hard work, life was good, it taught the kids care and kindness given to other living creatures including responsibilities. Billy how can we forget the baby Canadian goose you brought home and named Jack, ironically your picture is now on the Jack of Spades on the prison playing cards. We will never forget the time Billy was riding one of the horses, the saddle was loose and turned to the under belly of the horse. Usually one would fall off the saddle and the horse, not Billy he hung onto the saddle and rode under the belly, not sure how he accomplished it but we laughed so hard that day. Billy loved life sports for every season. We always liked to stand at a distance and watch he and his sister enjoy their sibling friendship .. two blessings given us by God. Holidays and birthdays are even harder than the every day nightmare.. the recent two feet of snow Billy would have been so excited on his snowmobile and at our door checking to see if we needed help removing the snow. We were deprived of much since August 24, 2004. Happy Birthday son and although remarks are made, get over it or they will forget, NO we will not ..we WILL CONTINUE until you are home and JUSTICE is done. Love you dear son, 38 years old..to us always a child..no matter the age. XXOO HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! XXOO
Thank you to all Peace4 members who were so kind with words to comfort. It really helps.
Always Hope & Peace with lots of Faith,
HAPPY 38TH BIRTHDAY BILLY.
LOVE TO YOU ALWAYS,
Susan Olsen (Mother of Missing Bradley Olsen 1/20/07)