(Extensions of Remarks - February 27, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E222]
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                            HON. GWEN MOORE

                              of wisconsin

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  Ms. MOORE. Madam Speaker, this week, I introduced the Corey Adams 
Searchlight Act and I rise to urge my colleagues to support this 
legislation which would establish a national Green Alert system at the 
Department of Justice to provide assistance and support to regional, 
state, and local officials as they work to help locate missing 
  This legislation is a practical step toward bringing missing veterans 
home safely.
  This issue was brought to my attention by my constituent Corey Adams. 
When Corey went missing, his family knew that something was wrong--
Corey left his eyeglasses, phone, money, and medications at his 
parent's home, where he was last seen. Despite his family filing a 
missing person report within hours of his disappearance, it took eight 
days before the police determined he met the critical missing persons' 
criteria. On April 7, 18 days after his initial disappearance, Corey 
Adams' body was recovered from a pond in a local park just one mile 
from his mother's home.
  After this tragedy, my state of Wisconsin became the first state to 
create a green alert system modeled after the ``Amber'' alert system 
which has proven effective at galvanizing public attention around 
abducted children. And the system has already been used to help locate 
missing veterans. Delaware quickly followed and more and more states 
may follow yet.
  I would like to thank the bipartisan cosponsors that have joined in 
this effort so far, Representative Filemon Vela, Raul Grijalva, Derek 
Kilmer, Frederica S. Wilson, Hank Johnson, John R. Moolenaar, Donald M. 
Payne, Jr., Dan Kildee, Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, Eddie Bernice Johnson, 
Steve Cohen, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Debbie Dingell. The bill has 
also garnered the endorsement of Rolling Thunder National, Inc.
  Madam Speaker, members of the military do not leave their fallen 
behind in battle and we should not do so when they come home. I urge my 
colleagues to cosponsor this important legislation and to work with me 
to see that it is enacted in the 116th Congress.