Murdered Teen's Parents Want Faster Help from Cell Providers

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ The parents of murdered Overland Park teenager Kelsey Smith say they want a new law to force cell phone companies to respond more quickly to requests from police.

Greg and Missy Smith -- and Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline -- say Verizon Wireless could have acted faster to track the pings that finally led police to the girl's body. But that was on June 6th, 2007 four days after the girl was abducted and killed.

Kline said Tuesday that the day after Smith disappeared, he had a subpoena to obtain a map from Verizon showing where Smith's cell phone was by tracking pings to its towers. But it took more than two days for investigators to get the map from Verizon.

The Smiths say a quicker response would not have saved their daughter but they want a tougher law that could save others.


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