Slain teen’s mom wants cellphone search law in RI

Kelsey Smith

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mother of an 18-year-old woman murdered in Kansas is traveling to Rhode Island to urge lawmakers here to pass a law requiring cellphone providers to provide data about the location of a missing person’s phone.

Missy Smith is scheduled to address lawmakers Thursday on why she believes the proposal would help police find missing people. The legislation would compel cellphone companies to provide information on a phone’s whereabouts if police determine the person is in danger.

Smith’s daughter Kelsey was abducted and murdered in 2007. Her cellphone provider initially refused to give police data on the location of her phone, information that ultimately led officers to her body.

Similar laws have been enacted in eight states. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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