“Brandon’s Law” passed

Remember this post about a possible new law for missing adults? Well, it passed. It’s named in honor of Brandon Swanson, age nineteen, who’s been missing from Marshall, Minnesota for nearly a year now.

The law is supposed to mandate a more uniform response to missing adults by authorities throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as requiring the police to search for missing adults under 21, or those who disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

Additional articles:

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
KEYC 12
KSFY News
The Worthington Daily Globe

2 thoughts on ““Brandon’s Law” passed

  1. Joanne May 8, 2009 / 7:20 pm

    When a person is 18, they are an adult.

    I can understand if there are circumstances that indicate foul play, but spending money on chasing after adults that leave by their own choice is just plain wrong.

    Law enforcement has little enough money to deal with violent, ongoing crime.

    • Meaghan May 8, 2009 / 7:28 pm

      The problem is that law enforcement tends to assume an adult has left on their own and won’t investigate — but sometimes the adult hasn’t left on their own, and the investigation starts too late, with tragic consequences. There have been cases where the police refused to accept a missing persons report for years, and it turned out the missing adult met with foul play.

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