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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XLVII
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND CORRECTIONS
Chapter 937
MISSING PERSON INVESTIGATIONS
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F.S. 937.0201
937.0201 Definitions.As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) “Department” means the Department of Law Enforcement.
(2) “Missing adult” means a person 18 years of age or older whose temporary or permanent residence is in, or is believed to be in, this state, whose location has not been determined, and who has been reported as missing to a law enforcement agency.
(3) “Missing child” means a person younger than 18 years of age whose temporary or permanent residence is in, or is believed to be in, this state, whose location has not been determined, and who has been reported as missing to a law enforcement agency.
1(4) “Missing endangered person” means:
(a) A missing child;
(b) A missing adult younger than 26 years of age;
(c) A missing adult 26 years of age or older who is suspected by a law enforcement agency of being endangered or the victim of criminal activity; or
(d) A missing adult who meets the criteria for activation of the Silver Alert Plan of the Department of Law Enforcement.
(5) “Missing endangered person report” means a report prepared on a form prescribed by the department by rule for use by the public and law enforcement agencies in reporting information to the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse about a missing endangered person.
History.s. 2, ch. 2008-162; s. 1, ch. 2011-218; s. 2, ch. 2021-93.
1Note.Section 2, ch. 2021-93, amended subsection (4), effective July 1, 2022, to read:

(4) “Missing endangered person” means any of the following:

(a) A missing child.

(b) A missing adult younger than 26 years of age.

(c) A missing adult 26 years of age or older who is suspected by a law enforcement agency of being endangered or the victim of criminal activity.

(d) A missing adult who meets the criteria for activation of the Silver Alert Plan of the Department of Law Enforcement.

(e) A missing adult who meets the criteria for activation of the Purple Alert of the Department of Law Enforcement pursuant to s. 937.0205.