New MP law passed in Connecticut

There’s been a new law passed in Connecticut that requires the police to accept missing persons reports immediately, even if the MP is over 18. They also have to input the reports into all the databases. The actual law as it was written is posted here.

Janice Smolinski has been pushing for this law for years. Her 31-year-old son William “Billy” Smolinski Jr. disappeared from Waterbury, Connecticut in 2004. Billy’s family believes he met with foul play.

2 thoughts on “New MP law passed in Connecticut

  1. Princess Shantae May 18, 2011 / 8:25 pm

    Not to be a jerk or anything but I don’t think this law is going to set well with the police, not after they have to take a few missing reports on people who are only late or sneaking around on their spouse or just aren’t very good about letting people know where they’re going to be.

    • Meaghan May 18, 2011 / 8:32 pm

      I think you’re right.

      I almost got reported missing once, two and a half years ago. I was really depressed at the time and had been hospitalized (the first time) a few weeks before. I talked to my mom on the phone and I don’t know what I said, but it scared the crap out of her. She asked if I needed help and I said no. Later that day I changed my mind and went to the hospital and got myself admitted again, but I really didn’t want to call anybody and the staff wouldn’t do it for me. (It’s a long story.)

      Mom was still worried about me. She kept calling my cell phone and it was turned off. She called Michael and asked if he had heard from me. He hadn’t been able to reach me and he was worried too. She went to the house the next morning to see if I was there. I wasn’t, and my car was gone. She went to my place of work to find out if I had been there the night before. I hadn’t been. By then she was seriously freaking out. Late that morning I finally bit the bullet and called her (mainly because I wanted clean underwear), and if I remember right she was actually driving to the police station to report me missing. She was crying and stuff. She was convinced I’d walked into the cornfield or something and killed myself.

      And I remember thinking to myself: the police wouldn’t have listened to her anyway, I mean, she’d have to say “My 23-year-old daughter and her car have been gone for 18 hours.” And they’d be like, “So what else is new?”

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