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Greg and Missey Smith encourage Minnesota legislators to back a bill to require mobile telephone companies to help law enforcement agencies track phones of missing people. With the Smiths is Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon of Duluth, the bill's chief Senate sponsor. (Don Davis / State Capitol Bureau)

Bill could speed tracking missing people

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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 Minnesota 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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