Patriot Act Helps Crack Case of Missing PA Girl


Alicia Kozakiewicz, 13, vanished from her Pittsburgh home on New Year’s Day 2002. Her family found no note and no sign of a break-in. She left $200 in cash on her dresser. Her parents called friends, searched the neighborhood and alerted Pittsburgh police, all to no avail.

The Newark Star-Ledger tells the story of how the disappearance was solved through use of the Patriot Act, intended as a tool to help law enforcement and intelligence services recognize, track and arrest terrorists. In this case, the federal legislation helped identify a 38-year-old pedophile who used an Internet chat room to coax the child into a rendezvous.


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