- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Families of murder victims and unsolved missing person cases are asking lawmakers to extend the time period for when wrongful death actions can be filed.

Ten families testifying before a legislative committee this past week included Dick Moreau, whose daughter Kimberly has been missing for nearly 30 years; Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla; and Jim and Cathy Napier, whose son was killed 22 years ago.

Family members told WABI-TV that the change would allow a trial in a civil court that could bring more answers. They say it’s not about winning damages.

Under current statute, families have two years to bring a wrongful death action. The bill would extend the deadline to six years in homicide cases.

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