According to an official press release, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced “Skylar’s Law”. This law would establish a national endangered missing advisory communications network to enable immediate public notification for missing child cases that do not meet the strict criteria for issuance of an AMBER alert system.
Skylar Neese went missing from her home in Morgantown in July of 2012. Skylar’s parents were immediately alarmed of their daughter’s absence and insisted that she would not have left home voluntarily, no AMBER Alert was issued.
Her case did not meet the strict criteria needed to issue an AMBER Alert.
Skylar was later found to have been murdered by two of her friends in a case that gained national attention.
According to the press release, the SKYLAR Act would assist law enforcement officers nationwide in issuing immediate public notifications to help help locate missing individuals whose cases do not meet the strict criteria for an AMBER Alert but are still at risk of serious injury or death.
“What Skylar went through and what her family is dealing with is unconscionable and it’s something that I will do whatever I can to prevent from happening ever again,” Senator Manchin said.
“I have been working with Skylar’s parents on “Skylar’s Law” which would establish a national communications network to issue immediate public notifications for missing individuals like Skylar whose cases do not meet the strict criteria for an AMBER Alert but are still at serious risk. “Skylar’s Law” is a no brainer and I hope my colleagues see this legislation and hear Skylar’s story and swiftly pass this bill,” said Manchin.
Issuance of AMBER Alerts require meeting a strict criteria, including evidence of abduction. In most cases, evidence is usually not present, especially in the first few hours of the case.
The bill establishes a national Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) communications network which can be activated immediately to notify the public that a child has gone missing.