State Rep. Tommy Brann, of Wyoming, today testified on the need for Michigan law enforcement officials to share information into a national missing person database.
Brann’s legislation would require all missing, unidentified and unclaimed persons information currently shared on the national Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) also be uploaded to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).
“This is an opportunity for our police officers and detectives to use a tool that is focused on finding people who are missing or unidentified,” Brann said. “LEIN is an incredibly useful tool for law enforcement, but that doesn’t have the same capability of three databases working together for missing, unidentified and unclaimed persons as it does on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.”
NamUs is a free system, gathering information from medical examiners, law enforcement officials and general public into its three databases, which then compares cases and evidence for matches.
Brann was joined by Sgt. Det. Sarah Krebs of the Michigan State Police, who referenced several Michigan-based cases that were later solved and granted closure to the families.
“Use of this database will help assist cases,” Brann said. “Missing persons cases can have a significant effects on families and loved ones, who sometimes never getting the answers they want while other families can wait decades. Using this database will save lives and provide the necessary closure for families and loved ones.”
House Bill 4633 remains under consideration of the Law and Justice Committee.