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Greg, left, and Missey Smith, center, on Thursday encourage Minnesota legislators to back a bill to require mobile telephone companies to help law enforcement agencies track phones of missing people. Also pictured is Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon of Duluth, the bill's chief Senate sponsor. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Officials push bill to help track missing people through their cellular phones


ST. PAUL -- The assistant St. Paul police chief says authorities may have found an 18-year-old Eveleth man's body quicker last year if they had tracked his mobile telephone.

A bill making its way through the Legislature was written to make the job easier by requiring mobile telephone companies to tell law enforcement officers the whereabouts of missing people's mobile phones.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.