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'Francine's Law' headed to Oklahoma Governor's desk

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Posted at 8:57 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 21:57:50-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — A law that would change the way missing persons cases are handled in Oklahoma now is one step from becoming law.

It’s called “Francine’s Law” in honor of Francine Frost.

She was a Tulsa woman who had been missing for three decades until her grandson did a search on the missing persons database. That’s when he found similarities to an unclaimed person who died in Muskogee.

RELATED: DNA test identifies remains of Muskogee woman, Francine Frost, who went missing in 1981

Part of the new legislation would require law enforcement agencies statewide to enter all missing persons and unidentified bodies into that same database within 30 days.

Now, Francine's Law is heading to the governor's desk after it was approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate.

“Thanks to the decisive action by members of both the House and Senate, law enforcement agencies will be able to share information and better solve cases involving missing individuals, which has the potential to save lives,” Attorney General Mike Hunter said. “Cases that are cold or involve missing people are some of the most difficult to solve. That is why we must give our law enforcement partners every resource available to assist them. Francine’s Law will be a critical component to solving these cases."

If signed by the governor, Oklahoma will be the sixth state to enact similar legislation. The other states include Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Tennessee.

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