State Police Revamp Missing Persons Unit

The special team will increase its efforts to find missing people.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012  |  Updated 9:35 AM EDT
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State Police Revamp Missing Persons Unit

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State police are revamping their missing persons unit to including major crime detectives from across the state.

The New Haven Register reports that the special team will increase its efforts to find missing people and offer help to municipal departments.

State police declined to release the number of investigators in the unit because of tactical and policy reasons.

Law enforcement databases have conflicting numbers on the number of missing persons cases in Connecticut.

The Department of Justice lists 243 missing people in the state, while the National Crime Information Center lists 516 cases.

One notable case is the disappearance of Billy Smolinski, of Waterbury, who was 31 years old when he disappeared in 2004. His family has been pushing for laws improving how searches for missing people are done.
 

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