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Lawmakers pass tweak to Amber Alert process

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The case of a West Virginia teen who disappeared and was later found dead prompted the Legislature to tweak the state's Amber Alert process.

"Skylar's Law" passed the state Senate unanimously Friday after passing the House in March.

State law currently limits Amber Alerts to cases where a child is believed to be abducted. The bill requires law enforcement to relay initial reports of any missing child to the State Police, which then contacts the Amber Alert system. Amber Alert personnel would then decide whether to issue an alert.

Skylar Neese was 16 when she sneaked out of her family's Monongalia County apartment in July. She was initially considered a runaway, but her parents soon suspected that she was abducted. Her remains were found in Pennsylvania in January.


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