New Arkansas law hopes to solve more cold cases

New Arkansas law hopes to solve more cold cases
The goal of NamUs is to solve more cold cases. (Source: KARK)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A new law in the Natural State hopes to help law enforcement solve more cold cases.

Little Rock television station KARK reports that the law uses a website to provide fresh look at evidence that could lead to an arrest, prosecution, and ultimately, a conviction.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, known as NamUs, works to connect missing persons with unidentified remains.

It shows over 200 unsolved missing persons cases in Arkansas and over 100 unidentified bodies in the state crime lab.

“I know from personal experience that the not knowing destroys families and lives,” St. Rep. Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers, said.

KARK reports Rep. Petty’s daughter was raped and murdered when she was 12 years old.

Three days later, her body was found.

The new law requires law enforcement to put data including fingerprints, DNA, detailed descriptions, and the date and place of death into the NamUs database.

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