Iowa should have uniform standards on missing children, Cedar Falls woman says

Senator says he'll push for review of laws in wake of girls' disappearance in Evansdale

Associated Press
Published: September 3 2012 | 11:55 am - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 11:53 pm in
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A Cedar Falls child care provider wants Iowa to implement uniform standards for how law enforcement responds to a missing child case.

The Des Moines Register says Robin Arnold says the first few hours are critical and a missing child is a missing child.

Questions have been raised about whether the state could have done more when the two cousins disappeared in Evansdale on July 13 and remain missing. A search began immediately, and within hours, local residents and the media were notified.

But an Amber Alert wasn't issued. Officials say those are issued only when it's known that a child has been abducted. Arnold wants the alerts regardless.

Sen. Jeff Daniels, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says he'll push for a review of Iowa law dealing with missing children.

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