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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Approximately 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day. This includes both children and adults.
When a child goes missing, the first 3 hours are the most crucial in finding the child safely. Approximately 76 percent of abducted children who are murdered are dead within three hours of the abduction.
Unfortunately, it can take over 2 hours to get information about a missing child from a panicked parent.
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Today's Random Fact:
There are as many as 100,000 active missing persons cases in the U.S. at any given time.
The FBI designates severe, urgent missing person cases as "endangered or involuntary." Approximately 15 percent of missing person cases are given that classification each year; most of them are applied to children.
In the mid-1980s, milk cartons with photos of missing children on them made their debut. The first child to appear on one of those milk cartons was Etan Patz, a 6-year-old from New York who disappeared walking to the bus stop in May 1975.
According to the U.S. Department of State, there are no statistics that track the number of Americans who go missing in a foreign country in a given year. The United Kingdom does, however. In 2008, 481 British disappeared abroad, an increase from 401 the previous year and 336 in 2006.
In 2008, there were 30 officially documented disappearances on cruise ships in the preceding five years.