Gov. Brad Little signs 'Endangered and Missing Person Alert' at ceremonial event

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Apr 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 19:26:02-04

FRUITLAND, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little hosted a ceremonial bill signing for the Endangered and Missing Person Alert (EMPA) bill Wednesday.

The legislation was prompted by the disappearance of missing 5-year-old Fruitland boy, Michael "Monkey" Vaughan. He went missing in July 2021, but no Amber Alert was issued because his situation did not meet all of the criteria.

EMPA is designed to locate and endangered or missing person regardless of their age. It will create a unified approach by Idaho Law enforcement on how to handle these types of cases, and set alert standards and criteria.

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In a tweet Wednesday, Little said, "Thanks to this legislation, the alerts for missing or endangered individuals can reach our communities sooner and save more families from heartbreak."