OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Kimmie Daily’s father hopes a new law named in her honor might help save lives of developmentally disabled children and adults.
Daily was 16 when she was raped and murdered in August of 2010. She had gone on a bike ride to a friend’s house and never made it.
Her father called 911 when he couldn’t find her, but was told no one could help him until she had been gone for 24 hours.
Since she was 16, police assumed she had run away. It did not matter that her father said she had the mental capacity of a 10-year-old.
Cecil Daily ended up calling a neighbor for help.
“We spent the whole night out combing the neighborhood, crawling under crawlspaces,” said Cecil Daily.
A week later police found Kimmie’s body.
Under Senate Bill 5556, signed into law Thursday by Governor Jay Inslee, D-Washington,
Amber Alerts will now be issued six hours after developmentally disabled children or adults are reported missing.
“It makes me feel real good knowing her name’s still going to be out there. People aren’t going to forget her,” said Cecil Daily.
Her father thinks she had been killed before he even reported her missing, so he does not believe the new law would have made a difference in her case, but he thinks it could save the lives of others.