Iowan seeks uniform rules with missing children

A Cedar Falls child care provider wants Iowa to implement uniform standards for how law enforcement responds to a missing child case.

The Des Moines Register says Robin Arnold says the first few hours are critical and a missing child is a missing child.

Questions have been raised about whether the state could have done more when the two cousins disappeared in Evansdale on July 13 and remain missing. A search began immediately, and within hours, local residents and the media were notified.

But an Amber Alert wasn’t issued. Officials say those are issued only when it’s known that a child has been abducted. Arnold wants the alerts regardless.

Sen. Jeff Daniels, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says he’ll push for a review of Iowa law dealing with missing children.