Gabby Petito’s family announce a new law to help find missing people

Gabby Petito’s family on Friday hailed a new bipartisan Senate bill to help locate missing persons as a “major step forward”.

The new law, introduced Thursday by Democratic Connecticut Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas, John Hooven of North Dakota and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, aims to streamline the national process for reporting missing persons.

“We have said that as parents we will help make changes. Here’s a big step forward,” Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, said in a tweet on Friday.

The legislation provides the National System for Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) with funding for a missing persons/unidentified persons database that the public can access and contribute to; connects NamUs to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to improve missing persons databases; calls on law enforcement authorities to report missing persons to NamU; creates incentives to help states to report missing persons; and calls on the Justice Department to issue best practice guidelines for handling missing persons cases.

The legislation provides the National System for Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) with funding for a missing persons/unidentified persons database that the public can access and contribute to; connects NamUs to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to improve missing persons databases; calls on law enforcement authorities to report missing persons to NamU; creates incentives to help states to report missing persons; and calls on the Justice Department to issue best practice guidelines for handling missing persons cases.

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It’s been a little over a year since Gabby Petito’s remains were found.
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Bluemnthal said the “bipartisan measure will bolster resources for law enforcement officials as they help families locate missing loved ones.”

It has been just over a year since Gabby Petito’s remains were found in a remote area of ​​Wyoming in September 2021.

Petito was traveling across the country in a converted van with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, when her family reported the 22-year-old missing in August 2021.

An autopsy ruled Petito’s death a homicide and found that she had died of strangulation. Laundrie, who was also missing after her death and was found dead in October 2021 at a wildlife sanctuary near his family’s Florida home, admitted to killing the 22-year-old in a suicide note obtained by Fox News Digital.

Petito was traveling across the country in a converted van with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, when her family reported the 22-year-old missing in August 2021.

Her parents and step-parents, Joseph and Tara Petito, and Nichole and Jim Schmidt, have spent a good portion of the last 12 months raising awareness for victims of domestic violence and missing persons through the Gabby Petito Foundation, which they established in their honor .

Petito’s disappearance and the subsequent manhunt for Laundrie occupied the country for months.

A makeshift memorial in front of City Hall in North Port, Florida, where the couple lived before embarking on a cross-country road trip last year, drew visitors from around the world. They left handcrafted tributes, poems, crosses of wood and stone, photographs, flyers, flowers, and references to her as “America’s Daughter.” Nearby, protesters regularly gathered outside the home of Laundrie’s parents, demanding they hand in their son, who snuck out on the evening of September 13, 2021 and has not been seen alive.

https://nypost.com/2022/10/01/gabby-petitos-family-announces-new-bill-to-help-find-missing-persons/ Gabby Petito’s family announce a new law to help find missing people

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