New York to expand database on missing adults

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York police are changing the way they report cases when a mentally impaired adult is declared missing.

Police already maintain a statewide database for missing children, but reports of missing adults with mental impairments are treated differently and are often not reported to the database. That can become a problem when an adult with a condition such as Alzheimer’s disease disappears from one community and turns up, dead or alive, in another.

A law signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo changes that by authorizing local police departments to report cases of missing adults with a mental impairment like dementia to the statewide registry.

Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer pushed for the new law. The Yonkers Democrat says the central database is vitally important as the nation’s population ages. 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 or racial slurs, 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. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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