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Delegate proposing Md. missing children's plan

Wednesday - 2/1/2012, 4:56am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state delegate from Baltimore is proposing the creation of a missing children's plan for Maryland.

Delegate Jill Carter and missing persons advocates will gather in Annapolis on Wednesday to discuss a bill she plans to introduce this session.

The bill is aimed at improving the cooperation between state agencies and advocacy groups. It would also include more resources for police, including the establishment of a DNA database to help identify bodies and resolve missing persons cases.

The bill is currently called the Missing Children's Act and would include the names of Maryland's missing. But there has been talk of naming it for Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teen whose 2010 disappearance from a home in Baltimore spurred a broader interest in missing persons cases.

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