Missing children back in the spotlight - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Missing children back in the spotlight

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Missing Child Awareness Day was highlighted across the United States Wednesday.

Right now there are more than 20 children still listed in the national database as missing from Mississippi. New legislation just passed to help save Mississippi children.

Right now 27 children remain missing in our state.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists what the children could look like today through age progression technology.

Daffany Tullos from Jackson is now 35. Jackelyn Gomez-Coronado of Canton is now 6.

Myra Lewis of Camden went missing back in 2014 and the 4-year-old still has not been found.

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office is one of the agencies fighting for the children who don't have a voice. Just this legislative session Governor Phil Bryant signed off on the AG's proposed legislation to set perimeters for law enforcement agencies handling missing children cases.

"Anytime a missing child comes in to law enforcement they have to put that into NCIC, to the FBI database," said Special Assistant Attorney General Paula Broome. "It's nationwide, so if this child is located in a different state or an officer comes across that child and they run the name in the system it's going to come up as a missing child."

Broome said House Bill 1289 will help law enforcement work together to ultimately get missing children back home.

"It mandates all law enforcement agencies in the state to have a written policy detailing how they are going to handle missing child reports when they come in," added Broome.

Broome said it also dictates there is no waiting period to report a child missing, including runaway teens.

If you have any information that might help solve these missing children cases, please reach out to your local law enforcement or the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.

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