10 Important Facts To Know About Missing Persons Cases

A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S. That’s about 2,300 children a day.

By Gina Tron

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People go missing every day in the United States. Here are some Missing Persons 101 fast facts:

1. About 750,000 people go missing every year.

2. On average, over 83,000 people are missing at any time: 50,000 adults and 33,000 children and teens.

3.The first 12-24 hours are the most critical in an active missing persons investigation

4. For children, the first three hours are especially critical as 76% of abducted children who are killed die within that time frame.

5. A child goes missing every 40 seconds—that’s about 2,300 children a day.

6. If a person has been listed as missing for 7 years, that person can be declared legally dead.

7. Of the more than 18,500 endangered runaways reported to the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children in 2016, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 86%  were in the care of social services when they went missing.

8. AMBER Alerts began in 1996 and are a program of the U.S. Department of Justice. Between 1997 and February 2017, it has been credited with the safe recovery of 868 children.

9. Most children were abducted by family members. Only a small percentage are taken by complete strangers.

10. There is no waiting period. You don’t need to wait 24 or 48 hours. Call the police ASAP if someone goes missing.

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