House of Representatives

Rep. Baker Comments on Passage of Francine’s Law to Help Solve Missing Persons’ Cases


3/7/2019 3:08:00 PM

Contact: State Rep. Rhonda Baker

Office: (405) 557-7311

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, today commented on the passage of “Francine’s Law,” which directs law enforcement entities to enter any known information about a missing or unidentified person into the NamUs system in an effort to conduct a more efficient and comprehensive investigation to solve missing and unidentified persons’ cases. 

 

House Bill 2640 was a request bill by the state attorney general and the family of Francine Frost. Frost, a mother of two, was abducted from a Tulsa grocery store in February 1981. Her case went cold until 2014, when her grandson, Cory, found a case record in the NamUs unidentified persons’ database with a description matching his grandmother. It was determined through DNA evidence that the victim was in fact Francine.

 

“I was happy to be able to carry this legislation on behalf of Francine Frost’s family,” Baker said. “It is my hope we can save other families the agony of waiting years to know the fate of their loved one.”

 

HB 2640 would require law enforcement officers to receive appropriate training to use the NamUs system, which is currently available to law enforcement, coroners, medical examiners, as well as the general public. 

 

While some Oklahoma law enforcement entities enter cases into NamUs, it is not done consistently across jurisdictions.  This creates missed opportunities to cross-reference data and potentially solve missing and unidentified persons’ cases more efficiently.   Similar legislation has already been passed in six other states: Tennessee, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, and New York.