New York police are changing the way they report cases when a mentally impaired adult is declared missing.
Police already maintain a statewide database for missing children, but reports of missing adults with mental impairments are treated differently and are often not reported to the database. That can become a problem when an adult with a condition such as Alzheimer's disease disappears from one community and turns up, dead or alive, in another.
A law signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo changes that by authorizing local police departments to report cases of missing adults with a mental impairment like dementia to the statewide registry.
Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer pushed for the new law. The Yonkers Democrat says the central database is vitally important as the nation's population ages.