Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 140-2-.15 - Procedures for Handling Missing and Unidentified Deceased Persons

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through April 4, 2022

(1) All law enforcement agencies shall collect information about each person reported missing by a parent, guardian or next of kin. Information about unknown deceased persons shall also be collected and preserved for identification purposes. Information collected includes physical descriptions, descriptions of clothing, dental charts, fingerprints if available and other personal data useful in identifying missing or unknown deceased persons.
(2) Agencies receiving missing person reports shall enter appropriate records in GCIC/NCIC computerized files. Agencies investigating unknown deceased cases shall enter, or authorize entry of, unidentified deceased persons in NCIC. In compliance with federal law ( 42 USC 5779, Section 3701), GCIC will advise the Georgia Missing Person Clearinghouse of all such record entries.
(a) Record entries for missing minors, including juveniles reported as runaways, shall be made immediately. Entries for all other persons reported missing must be made within 12 hours, pursuant to O.C.G.A. ยง 35-3-36.
(b) Within sixty (60) days of entry of a missing juvenile, the agency must attempt to update the record with any available medical/dental records for identification purposes.
(c) Thirty days after missing person records are entered in the NCIC computerized file, NCIC will check all records for completeness. NCIC sends messages to agencies of record when records are incomplete.
(d) A non-terminal agency should request assistance in making missing person record entries from the terminal agency that provides it CJIS network service.
(e) Agencies that enter or authorize the entry of missing person and unidentified deceased person records in GCIC/NCIC computerized files shall respond within 10 minutes to priority messages from other agencies reference possible identifications. Responses to messages classified as 'routine' shall be made within one hour. NCIC conducts daily matches to determine if identifiers in a missing person record are similar to those of a recent unidentified deceased person entry.
(3) Agencies authorizing entry of missing person and unidentified deceased person records shall cause these record entries to be removed from GCIC/NCIC computerized files immediately upon identification of missing or unidentified deceased persons.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 140-2-.15
O.C.G.A. Secs. 35-1-8, 35-3-4, 35-3-33, 35-3-36, 45-16-1, 42 U.S.C. 5779, Sec. 37.01.
Original Rule entitled "Special Handling Provisions for Missing and Unidentified Deceased Persons" adopted. F. Sept. 6, 1984; eff. Oct. 8, 1984, as specified by the Agency. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. July 2, 1986; eff. July 22, 1986. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. July 7, 1988; eff. July 27, 1988. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Nov. 7, 1990; eff. Nov. 27, 1990. Amended: F. Dec. 4, 1991; eff. Dec. 24, 1991. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Procedures for Handling Missing and Unidentified Deceased Persons" adopted F. Mar. 4, 1998; eff. Mar. 24, 1998. Amended: F. Sept. 5, 2002; eff. Sept. 25, 2002. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Sept. 25, 2007, eff. Oct. 15, 2007.

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