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Utah House OKs bill allowing victims to seek reviews of open police cases

By Annie Knox and Katie McKellar, KSL | Posted - Feb 11th, 2019 @ 6:28pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that seeks to make sure that investigations centered on murders, missing persons and violent felonies do not languish has moved forward at the Utah Legislature.

The House approved the measure in a unanimous vote Monday. It now goes to the Senate for approval.

HB15 provides a path for victims and families of the deceased or missing to ask the investigating agency for a review one year after the crime if there has been no progress.

"Sometimes a fresh look at the case can turn new leads and breathe fresh air into the investigation," the bill's sponsor, Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, told representatives in the House Monday.

If the police department declines, victims could ask the county or district attorney to look at the case. Finally, victims could appeal to the Utah Attorney General's Office if the county or district attorney decides to not investigate further.

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