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A law-enforcement agency, upon receipt of a missing person report by a parent, spouse, guardian, or legal custodian, shall:

  • IMMEDIATELY make arrangements to enter the details about the missing person into the national missing persons file in accordance with criteria set forth by the FBI/NCIC.
  • IMMEDIATELY inform all of its on-duty law-enforcement officers of the missing person report.
  • INITIATE a statewide broadcast to all appropriate law-enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the individual, and transmit a copy of the report to the NCIC.
  • IF the report involves a missing child the law enforcement agency shall notify the Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of the relevant data about the missing child.

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