Put a face on Greater Cleveland’s faceless, missing children: editorial | cleveland.com

Kids gone without a trace. Did they run, or were they taken?

It is the unthinkable made worse by anonymity: Next to the prosaic details of their lives as recounted on the Cleveland police and Cuyahoga County websites that document missing children and adults — their names, ages, dates last seen – is a grey box with the words “Image unavailable.”

How is that possible, particularly with the Millennials who document their lives on social media sites such as Facebook and Bebo, Habbo and Pinterest?

“The parents have reported them missing, but they don’t have a photograph,” said Karen McHenry, who runs the homeless and missing youth program at Bellefaire JCB, the Shaker Heights-based nonprofit child welfare agency. “Maybe it’s because of poverty or because the family is transient.”

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