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The Facts

  • A child goes missing in the United States every 40 seconds.
  • The first 3 hours are the most crucial for the safe return of a child.
  • It can take more than 2 hours to gather information from a panicked parent.

The Real Missing

  • More than 700,000 children go missing annually.
  • 250,000 are classified as Runaways
  • 150,000 are classified as “Throw-away/Abandoned”
  • 300,000 are classified as Missing / Abducted
  • 58,000 are taken by non-family members

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART), Report October 2002