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CHAPTER 15. PUBLIC SAFETY.

ARTICLE 3D. MISSING PERSONs ACT.

§15-3D-3. Definitions.

For the purposes of this article:

(1) "CODIS" means the Federal Bureau of Investigation"s Combined DNA Index System, which allows for the storage and exchange of DNA records submitted by federal, state, and local forensic DNA laboratories. The term "CODIS" includes the National DNA Index System or NDIS, administered and operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(2) "Complainant" means a person who contacts law enforcement to report that a person is missing.

(3) "Electronic communication device" means a cellular telephone, personal digital assistant, electronic device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, or portable computing device.

(4) "Juvenile" means any person under 21 years of age.

(5) "Law-enforcement agency" means any duly authorized state, county, or municipal organization employing one or more persons whose responsibility is the enforcement of laws of the state or any county or municipality thereof.

(6) "Lead law-enforcement agency" means the law-enforcement agency that initially receives a missing persons complaint or, after the fulfillment of all requirements of this article related to the initial receipt of a missing persons complaint and transmission of information to required databases, the law-enforcement agency with the primary responsibility for investigating a missing or unidentified persons complaint.

(7) "Missing person" means any person who is reported missing to a law-enforcement agency.

(8) "NamUs" means the database of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

(9) "NCIC" means the database of the National Crime Information Center, the nationwide, online computer telecommunications system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist authorized agencies in criminal justice and related law-enforcement objectives.

(10) "NCMEC" means the database of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

(11) "Unidentified person" means any person, living or deceased, who has not been identified through investigation for over 30 days.

(12) "Violent Criminal Apprehension Program" or "ViCAP" is a unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation responsible for the analysis of serial violent and sexual crimes.

(13) "WEAPON system" means the West Virginia Automated Police Network.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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