A bill awaiting action in the Illinois House would explicitly prohibit law enforcement agencies from refusing to accept a missing person report on the basis of a person’s mental state or medical condition. This is sometimes an issue when a person with dementia disappears, as certain law enforcement agencies have a 24-hour waiting period for families to wait to file a report.
State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) says this bill would require police to respond to these types of missing persons calls immediately.
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Current law does forbid agencies from refusing a report for any reason, but also includes a list of reasons that agencies can’t use to refuse a report. The measure was approved in committee this week and moves to the full House for consideration.