Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, recently announced plans for new legislation that would require all state agencies to enter all missing and unidentified persons into the NamUs database within 30 days. Standing by his side was the Frost family, hoping that Francine’s Law will give other families answers, sooner.
On February 16, 1981, Francine Frost left to go grocery shopping, a common errand for a mother of two. But she never returned to her Tulsa home. Her car was found with the keys in the door, but there no other signs of Francine.
Just two years later, remains of a middle-aged female were found just 60 miles outside Tulsa. She had been wearing a plaid shirt and a jean skirt. Without an identity, or many clues to go on, Jane Doe’s case file sat in the local medical examiners office. There it remains, shuffled around until 2013, when the Oklahoma medical examiner is moving into a new office. She ran across the 1983 autopsy report and enters the details into NamUs- The National Missing and Unidentified Person System.
A private citizen named Carl was looking through the NamUS database, which is available to the public. The database also offers law enforcement only information to be secured. Carl notices the similarities between Francine Frost and Jane Doe. After Carl posts them to an online forum, Francine’s own grandson runs across the post in December of 2014.
Finally three decades later, Francine’s family knows where she is. After confirming with dental and DNA records, they have Francine’s remains relocated near their Kansas home. Her daughter Vicki says they would of never been reunited without NamUs.
“If it wasn’t for NamUs having this system in place, no one would ever have linked the report of the unidentified woman to my mother.”
Other Help Find the Missing acts has been passed in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Michigan.