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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Phoenix ‘Missing In Arizona’ Event Focuses On Thousands Of Cold Cases | KJZZ

There are around 2,000 missing persons reports in Arizona and around 1,400 sets of unidentified human remains in morgues. On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Phoenix Police Department, and several law enforcement agencies will host a “Missing in Arizona” event. The hope is to resolve cold cases, many of which are decades old.

“I just miss her. I never really got to grow up with my sister,” said Laura Anderson. Anderson’s sister Kristina Perkins disappeared on Sept. 10, 1975. She was just 25.

The investigation that followed yielded few clues and the only investigative lead was Perkins’ ex-husband.

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FBI revamps mobile app to aid in missing child cases – WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) – Monday, the FBI announced a reboot of its popular Child ID App, which provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing.

The free mobile application, which works on most Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, allows users to store up-to-date images and physical descriptions—like height, weight, birthmarks, etc.—that could help responders in the event of an emergency.

The information is stored only on your device—not with your mobile provider or the FBI.

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Does a US child go missing every 90 seconds? – BBC News

A television news channel in Washington DC recently launched a safety awareness campaign using the hashtag #every90seconds, claiming that one child goes missing in the US, on average, every one-and-a-half minutes.

It’s a figure that’s been widely quoted in US media over the past few years, often for the best of reasons, as in this case. It sounds worrying, because you might reasonably assume it refers to kidnappings, or children in real danger.

But where does the 90-second figure come from?

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Think Fast: Missing Child – WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Every day, people find themselves in situations they never expect to be in.

In our special series, Think Fast, we let you experience these dangerous scenarios before they actually happen to you.

Our goal is to make sure you’re prepared and know what to do if your life is on the line. Monday morning, Chris Kopp, a Crime Prevention Specialist with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, discussed what you should do if your child is abducted or goes missing.

“The most important thing is call 911 immediately,” Kopp said. “Time is very valuable and very precious and every minute that we lose is one minute further away from trying to reunite the child with their parents.”

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Missing boy case stirs new interest in tracking tech – 13 WTHR Indianapolis

GREENFIELD, Ind. – A recent search for a missing Hancock County child has emergency workers looking toward technology.

There was a giant search when four-year-old Kyle Pierce wandered from his home near New Palestine earlier this month.

“The worst five hours of my life, definitely,” said Kyle’s mother, Sara.

They found the boy in a cornfield, but it got rescuers thinking they’ve got to do more to get life-saving technology into the field.

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NJ special unit unites missing people with loved ones – New Jersey Herald

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Each year between 12,000 and 14,000 New Jerseyans are reported missing and, while the outcome may not always be favorable, the vast majority of those people are located.

“Between 98 and 99-percent of those people are located, recovered or identified,” Lt. Louis Andrinopoulos, the head of head of the state police’s Missing Persons and Child Exploitation Unit, told mycentraljersey.com (http://mycj.co/1paR1Kt). “That’s because of officers’ training and their commitment to find these people.”

The Missing Persons Unit, which consists of one civilian analyst and eight troopers, was established by legislation in 1984. It is one of the few law enforcement units in the United States which comprehensively addresses the many facets of the missing persons problem.

The missing persons unit “is the clearinghouse” for the state of New Jersey,” Andrinopoulos said.

“We keep track of all the FBI’s NCIC (National Crime Information Center) entries,” he said. “We are the primary investigating agency for the Amber alerts, international abductions, also known as Hague treaties, and Safe Haven infants that are abandoned. We work with the medical examiner’s offices to try to identify unidentified deceased people.

“We have an idea of who is missing and can query databases to see if there are possible matches,” he said. “We also get involved when a local, county, state or federal agency needs assistance with cases – from a missing child to an unidentified person.”

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Cleveland missing-persons investigations have seen big improvements since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight vanished a decade ago | cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – When Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight vanished a decade ago, the Cleveland Division of Police lacked a unit dedicated to finding missing persons.

It was just one of many shortcomings in the way the city searched for thousands of Clevelanders who disappeared.

Officers filed pen-and-ink reports and shuffled mounds of paperwork instead of harnessing technology to bolster efficiency. Protocols for finding missing adults and children were sometimes nebulous, and some families complained that officers discouraged them from filing reports about disappeared loved ones.

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