The U.S. Department
of Justice reports
- 800,000 children are reported missing each year.
- 200,000 children were the victims of family abductions.
- 58,000 children
were the victims of non-family abductions.
- 115 children
were the victims of “stereotypical" kidnapping
involving a person unknown to the child or slight acquaintance, who
holds the child overnight, transports the child
50 miles or more, demands ransom,
or intends to keep the child permanently.
- 43 percent of those 115, children are murdered
- 3 to 4 percent of the murders are never resolved
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Missing Kids? Really? Overstaying
a visit with a noncustodial parent qualifies as
a family abduction. Some missing children have multiple
entries in the database due to multiple disappearances
on different occasions resulting in misleading statistics.
of Sight -- A child's chances of being abducted
by a stranger are rare, and kidnapping ending
in murder is rarer. There is one child abduction murder
for every 10,000 reports of missing children, according
to the Attorney General of Washington state. Parents
feel children should be warned about "stranger
danger," but also fear scaring them and
the greatest threat to a child is a family member
fixation with pretty white girls who become victims is
so prevalent that the concept has been coined the "The Missing
White Girl Syndrome."
Girls of a certain image receive disproportionate media
play while missing and exploited minority children never
make it beyond the local media and are soon forgotten. The
Missing Pretty Girl Syndrome. Why
do so many people seem to care so much more about
beautiful missing white girls from privileged backgrounds
than economically deprived children of all
races and backgrounds.If
you’re missing, it helps to be young,
white and female, the legendary Damsel in Distress .
Estimates of Children Missing Involuntarily or for
Benign Reasons Bulletin: OJJDP NISMART Series,
in the Murder of Juveniles: 1980–2000
Children: 2007 2.09
International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
(ICMEC), launched by the U.S.-based National Center
for Missing & Exploited Children in 1998 to identify
and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting
child-sexual exploitation and abduction.
States Department of State Office of Children's Issues
Center for Missing and Exploited Children
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(NCMEC) clearinghouse program provides communication
between clearinghouses, training, and technical assistance
to assist with missing-child cases. Each
state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada
have state clearinghouses of missing children. The
focus for state clearinghouses are data collection,
networking, information distribution, training and
technical assistance for missing- or sexually exploited
children. State clearinghouses are located in law-enforcement
agencies with the exception of Louisiana
where it is managed as part of the Department of Social
Resources on Missing and Exploited Children: A
Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and
Private Agencies, Fifth Edition, May 2007
Missing children clearinghouses
Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide OJJDP
Report: May 1998
About Me? Coping With the Abduction of a Brother
or Sister (Guide). May 2007. NCJ 217714
Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping,
OJJDP, January 2007, NCJ 215476. (164 pages)
Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO)is
dedicated to serving nonprofit missing and exploited
children agencies throughout North America. They recruit
members who abide by strict ethical practices adopted
by the organization and who are competent in the field
of missing children at the community level. Member
organizations offer services to parents of missing,
runaway and abducted children.
Alert: Best Practices Guide for Public Information Officers,
OJJDP July 2006, NCJ 212703. (16 pages).
interrupt radio and television stations regularly scheduled
notify the public that a child has been kidnapped. Since
95% of all people in cars listen to the radio, this
is an effective way of disseminating information..The
rules of use of the Amber
Alerts vary, but the the criteria for activation
enforcement believes a kidnapping occurred;
agency believes the child is at high risk of
serious bodily harm.
Since the late
1970s there have been reports of children of
former members of the Children
of God, The Family, and The Family International being abducted and moved to other countries to keep them from
parents, law enforcement and child welfare from finding them.
Duckett was two years old when he was reported
as missing by his mother, Melissa Duckett, on 8/27/06
his bed in the apartment he lived at with his mother
on the 1400 Block of Griffin Road in Windmere Villas,
Leesberg Florida. Trenton has his mother's Asian features
and coloring with brown hair and eyes. He was
about 30" and 30 lbs. Even
though the case was never solved, the
suspicion focused on the mother. Not long after a
grueling telephone interview by Nancy Grace show where
Grace behaved like an unleashed pit bull trying rip
a confession out of this very young mother by accusing
her of being the person her responsible. Meanwhile
Grace has the husband there and is touting this less
than devoted father and husband like a hero. Shortly
after that Melissa killed herself at her grandparents
has never been found.
Wilson should have been monitored monthly by child welfare.
Her grandmother who cared for Rilya and her 2 siblings,
believed she was in the custody of Florida's Department
of Children and Families. "They continually told
my sister and me to leave it as it is, that Rilya would be
coming home to us … but they had no idea where she was." Geralyn
Graham, 58, was charged with kidnapping Rilya and three
counts of aggravated child abuse causing great bodily harm.
Graham, is serving a three-year sentence for fraud. Roommate,
Pamela Graham, was charged with child abuse.
of Foul Play -- Eleven-year-old Shakira Johnson did not
meet Ohio's criteria for an Amber Alert, placing her in
the category of runaway or parental abduction.
Aisenberg - Nov.
24, 1997, a call to 911, placed by Marlene Aisenberg reported
her 5 month old infant, Sabrina, was missing. The mother claimed
she and her husband, Steve put the infant in her crib at 11
o'clock the prior evening and awoke the next morning to find
an empty crib.
1966, the Beaumont
Nartare, 9, Arnna Kathleen, 7, and Grant Ellis, 4, disappeared from
a beach near Adelaide Australia. Their case resulted in the largest
Australian criminal investigation
in history, and remains unsolved.
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