44-2-502. Definitions — legislative intent. (1) As used in this part, the following definitions apply:

Terms Used In Montana Code 44-2-502

  • Person: includes a corporation or other entity as well as a natural person. See Montana Code 1-1-201
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Montana Code 1-1-201

(a) ”Missing child” means any person who has been reported as missing to a law enforcement authority and:

(i) who is under 21 years of age;

(ii) whose temporary or permanent residence is in Montana or is believed to be in Montana; and

(iii) whose location has not been determined.

(b) ”Missing child report” means a report prepared on a form designed by the department of justice for use by private citizens and law enforcement authorities to report information about missing children to the missing children information program provided for in 44-2-503.

(2) The legislature intends the phrase “law enforcement authority” to be interpreted broadly in this part as inclusive of local, state, tribal, and federal authorities.