• By the numbers - Missing Children

    Communication, Industrial Design

    U.S. Population of Children in 1999= 70,172,700

    Reason Children Become Missing

    • Family Abduction= 56,500 (7%)
    • Runaway/Thrownaway= 357,600 (45%)
    • Missing Involuntary Lost or Injured= 61,900 (8%)
    • Missing Benign Explanation= 340,500 (43%)
    • Non-Family Abductions= 12,010 (1.5%)
    • Stereotypical Kidnappings= 115 (.014%)

    Gender of Missing Children

    • Males= 409,400 (51%)
    • Females= 388,000 (49%)

    Race/Ethnicity of Missing Children

    • White, Non-Hispanic= 428,800 (54%)
    • Black, Non- Hispanic= 149,700 (19%)
    • Hispanic= 163,900 (21%)
    • Other= 52,100 (7%)
    • No Information= 3,000
    • Estimate is based on too few sample cases to be reliable

    Age of Missing Children

    • 0-5 years old= 96,500 (12%)
    • 6-11 years old= 113,400 (14%)
    • 12-14 years old= 235,500 (30%)
    • 15-17 years old= 349,300 (44%)

    Characteristics of Stereotypical Abducted Children Age Of Victim

    • 0-5 years old= 20 (19%)
    • 6-11 years old= 25 (24%)
    • 12-14 years old= 45 (38%)
    • 15-17 years old= 20 (20%)

    Victim's Gender

    • Male= 35 (31%)
    • Female= 80 (69%)

    Victim's Race/Ethnicity

    • White, Non-Hispanic= 80 (72%)
    • Black, Non-Hispanic= 20 (19%)
    • Hispanic= 10 (8%)
    • Other= 2 (5%)

    Characteristics of the Abduction Child's Location prior to the Episode

    • Own Home or Yard= 16%
    • Other Home or Yard= 3%
    • Street, Car, or Other Vehicle= 40%
    • Park or Wooded Area= 14%
    • School or Daycare= 2%
    • Store, Restaurant, or Mall= 8%
    • Other Location= 9%
    • No Information= 8%

    Movement of the Child

    • Child was taken or moved= 95%
    • Child was detained= 83%

    Child was moved more than 50 miles

    • Yes= 14%
    • No= 86%

    Duration of the Abduction

    • 2 or less hours= 8%
    • 3 to less than 24 hours= 83%
    • 24 or more hours= 10%?

    Episode Outcome

    • Child was returned alive= 57%
    • Child was returned injured= 32%
    • Child was killed= 40%
    • Child was not returned or located= 4%

    Season of the Episode

    • Winter= 9%
    • Spring= 28%
    • Summer= 29%
    • Fall= 33%
    • No Information= 1%

    Dedlak, A., Finkelher, D., Hammer, H., & Schultz, D., (2002) “National estimates of missing children: An overview”. National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children

    Dedlak, A., Finkelher, D., Hammer, H., & Schultz, D., (2002) “Non-Family Abducted Children: Nation Estimates and Characteristics”. National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children

    Gregoire, C., (1997) “Executive Summary-State of Washington Office of the Attorney General” U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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