Kansas Bill Would Require Release of Cell Info

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas bill would require cell phone companies to cooperate with law enforcement officials trying to find a missing person.

Rep. Rob Olson, an Olathe Republican, said his bill was inspired by the 2007 kidnap and murder in Johnson County of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith. It would require companies to promptly release cell phone location information in emergencies.

Smith's parents, Greg and Missey Smith, told reporters Monday about a delay in getting a cell phone company to cooperate with police to ping their daughter's cell phone to find its location.

That was done four days after she went missing, they said, and their daughter's body then was found in a matter of hours.

The couple does not believe that quicker release of the cell information would have saved their daughter's life.

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