INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana has a law on the books called the Molly Datillo Law. It's named after a woman who went missing in 2004.
Her family pushed for that law to require police departments to act in certain ways when dealing with reports of missing people.
Thursday, Governor Pence signed another bill to make sure police know that law. His signature was considered an early Mother's Day gift for a mother who may never see her daughter again.
"Thank you so much for signing this," Eugenia Perry told Governor Pence.
Sarah Kilgore, Eugenia Perry's daughter, disappeared in October of 2011. But Perry says IMPD officers didn't take her seriously.
"We had to wait three months to finally file a report," Perry said. "I called in to file a missing persons report and they told me, 'she is not missing she is just hiding.' I cried a lot all the time. I'm still upset. Because I feel like if they would've done something right off, maybe they would've found her right off if they hadn't waited."
The bill signed Thursday originally only required police to complete Alzheimer's and dementia training. But after hearing Perry's story, State Representative Terry Goodin pushed to add training about dealing with missing people.
"When you hear that you are just dumbfounded. How in the world did this fall through the cracks? But this bill is going to prevent that from happening in the future," Goodin said, adding professionals will train officers on what types of questions to ask.
Perry hopes the legislation will prevent others from going through what she did.
"I have sleepless nights," she said. "You can ask him. There are nights I don't go to bed sometimes."
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