Missing Children Fast Facts | FOX 40 WICZ TV

(CNN) — Here is a look at missing children in the United States. There are several different types of missing children: runaways, family abductions, lost or “thrown away,” and non-family abductions. Recent advances in technology, communications through public alerts and greater cooperation from law enforcement have helped solve many cases quickly.

Statistics:
According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File, there are 88,040 active missing person records, of which juveniles under the age of 18 account for 33,706 (38.3%) of the records. (as of December 31, 2016)

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Missing Children Fast Facts – KPAX.com

(CNN) — Here is some background information about missing children in the United States. There are several different types of missing children: runaways, family abductions, lost or “thrown away” and non-family abductions. Recent advances in technology, communications through public alerts and greater cooperation from law enforcement have helped solve many cases quickly.

Statistics:
The most recent study published by the Department of Justice, from 2002, reported that of the 797,500 children reported missing in a one-year period, 203,900 were abducted by family members and 58,200 were abducted by non-relatives. One-hundred and fifteen were classified as being taken by a stranger.

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Inside the Movement to Keep Missing Kids Missing

After her sons didn’t return to their father after a visit with their mother last August, police discovered several typed letters while searching Faye Ku’s home. One, addressed to a friend and signed by Ku, said to cancel her phone plans and sell or get rid of her belongings, even the jewelry and cash. Another letter was addressed to her ex-husband, David Cook, the father of their boys, Sage and Isaac: “The children and I are safe among friends. Please do not send strangers who can only make life more dangerous for us.”

The FBI believes that Ku abducted the two boys when they visited her in Los Angeles. Their father, who lives near Seattle, had custody. With few traces to follow—Ku left behind her credit cards and driver’s license and her and the boys’ electronic devices—the FBI is picking apart her letters. Indicating the three of them are “among friends” suggests that Ku has help keeping herself and the boys underground, and law enforcement is focusing efforts on parts of the U.S. and abroad where she is believed to have connections.

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Missing children cases that changed everything – News – NorthJersey.com

We know the names. We can see the faces.

Joan D’Alessandro. Amber Hagerman. Megan Kanka. Adam Walsh. Polly Klaas. Samantha Runnion. Madeleine McCann. Jaycee Dugard. Etan Patz.

These are the high-profile missing children cases that have found their way into a parent’s psyche. There’s no doubt parenting has changed over the years — from a freer generation to a more hovering one. Some draw a direct line from the highly publicized case of Manhattan 6-year-old Patz, who disappeared in May 1979 on the first day his mother and father let him walk to school alone, to that more protective style of parenting.

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610 children missing in Ohio, report shows | The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio reported 18,097 missing children last year, but fortunately the vast majority were recovered safely, a new state report shows.

However, 610 children are currently still missing, Attorney General Mike DeWine said today in releasing the Missing Children Clearinghouse 2014 annual report.

DeWine joined nearly 1,000 children Columbus Preparatory Academy, 3330 Chippewa St., for a balloon launch and the unveiling of a new U.S. Postal Service stamp to bring attention to the missing children effort.

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Media message victimized missing child – Baltimore Sun

I was relieved to hear that the missing 12-year-old Baltimore County girl was found and returned to her worried parents. Yet I still remain perplexed at the way her disappearance was reported. Seemingly in the same breath that news outlets reported that the child was missing, they also reported that she had a history of engaging with men online. Like parrots, broadcasters repeated this information that reportedly came from police, who claimed it could lead to her whereabouts. The question is why?

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VA – Abductions prompt change in missing person policy | The Southwest Times

Whether more adults are going missing or the media just reports such cases more, Dublin Police Department has changed its missing-person policy to clarify how such cases should be handled.

Chief Dennis Lambert says the department had “pretty good policies” covering situations involving missing juveniles, missing elderly and those in the “at risk” population, such as persons with Alzheimer’s, dementia or some forms of mental illness.

However, when it comes to adults who are not elderly or at risk, Lambert believes the department’s policy could use some tweaking, so he asked Cpl. Marty Dowdy to look into it.

“With what’s been happening in Charlottesville and other areas across the nation, we wanted to come up with something that will cover our missing adults,” says Lambert, referring to the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and other women who have gone missing in that area.

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Missing-persons cases rise in Camden, NJ

The reports come in – more than a dozen a week – in frantic phone calls or teary-eyed trips to the police station: My son is missing. My granddaughter never came home. He ran away again.

Sgt. Janell Simpson spends every day at work investigating missing persons cases in Camden as head of the department’s unit. She knocks on doors, passes out fliers, chases juveniles who don’t want to be found, and, in extreme circumstances, crosses state lines to bring home abducted children.

In Camden, where the streets already tally high crime numbers, missing persons cases have increased by 20 percent from the same time last year, and investigators point to the social and economic factors of the city. On average, the department is investigating nearly two missing person cases every day, most of them juvenile cases.

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Tiffany Sessions missing: Father of missing student urges parents not to give up on missing kids – CBS News

Missing kids. 125? Or 58,200? Depending on who you ask, the numbers are all over the board.

Stranger “stereotypical” kidnappings, which tend to be more long-term kidnappings by strangers, are rare. These are situations where a child is held overnight, transported 50 miles or more, ransomed, killed or held hostage on a more permanent basis. This type of kidnapping occurs less than 150 times a year.

But non-family abductions, which are more short- term kidnappings oftentimes occurring for reasons of sex and/or robbery, are a much more prevalent problem. There are a reported 58,000 every year.

One thing is certain; all these types of abductions are serious threats to our children and can be a long and sometimes heartbreaking journey for their families.

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Time is of the essence in missing child cases – dailyadvocate.com

DARKE COUNTY – Many parents in Darke County probably don’t want to think about the ‘what if’s’, but what if a child goes missing? It’s a heart-stopping experience, one that no mother wants to think about, let alone go through, but it’s a reality, said Detective Sergeant Mike Burns, Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Darke County has a wealth of resources available in the case of a missing child, Burns noted; help could come in the form of search and rescue dogs and horses, helicopters, Amber Alerts, and so much more, he said, as long as parents contact them right away.

“Fortunately in Darke County we haven’t had many negative results with missing kids,” Burns assured. “Parents should call us immediately, though. We treat missing kids as abductions from the get-go, as soon as dispatch receives notice.”

Burns said that if a child isn’t found within two hours, they put his or her information into a national database.

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