PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The mother of an 18-year-old woman who was murdered nearly six years ago is calling on local leaders to pass a bill that would help police find missing people.
On Thursday, she traveled to Rhode Island to urge lawmakers to pass a law in her daughter's honor that would force cellphone companies to give authorities information on a person's whereabouts if they are believed to be in danger.
About 6 years ago, Kelsey Smith was abducted from a big box store in Kansas in broad daylight, and then brutally raped and killed.
Kelsey's mother is speaking out, hoping to get the Kelsey Smith act passed.
"When our daughter was missing we could not get our cellphone provider to release her cellphone information. Once they did, her body was found in 45 minutes," Kelsey's mother said on Thursday.
The legislation would provide police with a way to quickly track a cellphone if that person is determined to be at risk of death or in serious danger.
Right now current federal law states that cellphone providers may release the information, but do not have to.
"The worst thing is not knowing where your child is. When your child is missing you don't eat, you don't sleep, you don't do anything because you don't know if they're eating or sleeping," said Kelsey's mother.
Some opponents say they are worried about privacy.
There is no word on when voting will take place in the Rhode Island State House.
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