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(50 ILCS 722/10)
Law enforcement analysis and reporting of missing person information.
(a) Prompt determination and definition of a high-risk missing person.
(1) Definition. "High-risk missing person" means a
person whose whereabouts are not currently known and whose circumstances indicate that the person may be at risk of injury or death. The circumstances that indicate that a person is a high-risk missing person include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
(A) the person is missing as a result of a
(B) the person is missing under suspicious
(C) the person is missing under unknown
(D) the person is missing under known dangerous
(E) the person is missing more than 30 days;
(F) the person has already been designated as a
high-risk missing person by another law enforcement agency;
(G) there is evidence that the person is at risk
(i) the person is in need of medical
attention, including but not limited to persons with dementia-like symptoms, or prescription medication;
(ii) the person does not have a pattern of
running away or disappearing;
(iii) the person may have been abducted by a
(iv) the person is mentally impaired,
including, but not limited to, a person having a developmental disability, as defined in Section 1-106 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, or a person having an intellectual disability, as defined in Section 1-116 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code;
(v) the person is under the age of 21;
(vi) the person has been the subject of past
threats or acts of violence;
(vii) the person has eloped from a nursing
(G-5) the person is a veteran or active duty
member of the United States Armed Forces, the National Guard, or any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces who is believed to have a physical or mental health condition that is related to his or her service; or
(H) any other factor that may, in the judgment of
the law enforcement official, indicate that the missing person may be at risk.
(b) Law enforcement risk assessment.
(1) Upon initial receipt of a missing person report,
the law enforcement agency shall immediately determine whether there is a basis to determine that the missing person is a high-risk missing person.
(2) If a law enforcement agency has previously
determined that a missing person is not a high-risk missing person, but obtains new information, it shall immediately determine whether the information indicates that the missing person is a high-risk missing person.
(3) Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to
establish written protocols for the handling of missing person cases to accomplish the purposes of this Act.
(c) Law enforcement reporting.
(1) The responding local law enforcement agency shall
immediately enter all collected information relating to the missing person case in the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) within 45 days after the receipt of the report, or in the case of a high risk missing person, within 30 days after the receipt of the report. If the DNA sample submission is to a National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) partner laboratory, the DNA profile may be uploaded by the partner laboratory to the National DNA Index System (NDIS). A packet submission of all relevant reports and DNA samples may be sent to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) within 30 days for any high-risk missing person cases. The information shall be provided in accordance with applicable guidelines relating to the databases. The information shall be entered as follows:
(A) If Illinois State Police laboratories are
utilized in lieu of National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) partner laboratories, all appropriate DNA profiles, as determined by the Illinois State Police, shall be uploaded into the missing person databases of the State DNA Index System (SDIS) and National DNA Index System (NDIS) after completion of the DNA analysis and other procedures required for database entry. The responding local law enforcement agency may submit any DNA samples voluntarily obtained from family members to a National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) partner laboratory for DNA analysis within 30 days. A notation of DNA submission may be made within the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) record.
(B) Information relevant to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program shall be entered as soon as possible.
(C) The Illinois State Police shall ensure that
persons entering data relating to medical or dental records in State or federal databases are specifically trained to understand and correctly enter the information sought by these databases. The Illinois State Police shall either use a person with specific expertise in medical or dental records for this purpose or consult with a chief medical examiner, forensic anthropologist, or odontologist to ensure the accuracy and completeness of information entered into the State and federal databases.
(2) The Illinois State Police shall immediately
notify all law enforcement agencies within this State and the surrounding region of the information that will aid in the prompt location and safe return of the high-risk missing person.
(3) The local law enforcement agencies that receive
the notification from the Illinois State Police shall notify officers to be on the lookout for the missing person or a suspected abductor.
(4) Pursuant to any applicable State criteria, local
law enforcement agencies shall also provide for the prompt use of an Amber Alert in cases involving abducted children; or use of the Endangered Missing Person Advisory in appropriate high risk cases.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-266, eff. 1-1-21; 102-538, eff. 8-20-21.)