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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's House of Delegates is responding to the case of a state teenager who went missing and was later found dead.

A bill passed unanimously Wednesday to the Senate would create Skylar's Law. It would require the reporting of initial missing or abducted child cases to the Amber Alert system. That program would then determine if an alert is warranted.

The measure addresses cases where evidence suggests a child initially considered a runaway has actually been kidnapped.

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese disappeared after sneaking out of her family's Monongalia County apartment in July. Her remains were found in neighboring Pennsylvania earlier this year.

But her parents say there's evidence Skylar intended to return home that night. They believe an Amber Alert could make a difference in such cases.

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