25 Facts About Missing Persons

February 7, 2018

Here at Investigation Hotline, locating missing persons is one of our core competencies. We have over thirty years of experience finding missing people, whether it is a spouse, child or loved one. Below, we’ve compiled twenty startling facts about missing persons.

  • In the United States, a child goes missing every 40 seconds.
  • 45,609 children went missing in Canada in 2017.
  • Due to panic and shock, it can take up to two hours to get information about a missing child from a parent.
  • More than 800,000 children go missing in the U.S. every year.
  • After being listed missing for seven years, a person can be declared as “legally dead” or absentia. In rare cases, such as for natural disasters and terrorist attacks, this time can be shortened.
  • In 1980, less than 150,000 people were reported missing per year. That number has climbed to 900,000.
  • The Missing Children Society of Canada receives almost 800 calls per year regarding missing children.
  • In the majority of jurisdictions around the world, missing persons are a low priority for police. Homicides, rapes, robberies, assaults, traffic issues and crime prevention take priority.
  • Coroner’s offices in America hold more than 40,000 sets of unidentified remains.
  • In 2010, the National Crime Information Center reported that 355,243 women and 337,660 men went missing.
  • 58% of adult missing persons reports involve males in Canada.
  • 12. Worldwide, estimates indicate that eight million children go missing every year.
  • The U.S. AMBER alert system has been replicated in 18 countries across the world.
  • The majority of adult missing persons cases involve individuals with drug and alcohol addiction, psychiatric problems, and elderly suffering from dementia.
  • 83,000 Americans have been to deemed to have gone missing from World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War.
  • Of the sixteen million soldiers who served for the U.S. in WWII, 73,000 are still unaccounted for.
  • 75% of Canadian missing children’s cases were due to runaways.
  • Police in the United States are working approximately 100,000 missing persons cases at any given time.
  • Police advise that parents of missing children be on alert for psychics claiming to have knowledge of a loved one’s fate.
  • Family abductions are the most common type of child abductions, with fathers being responsible 53% of the time.
  • The AMBER alert was named after 9 year old Amber Hagerman who was abducted and murdered in 1996.
  • Of all missing children reports in Canada, 58% involve females.
  • Enough children are abducted in the United States every two hours that they could fill a school bus.
  • Children from minority families account for 65% of all non family abductions, with African Americans making up 42%.
  • Across Europe, the phone number 116 000 can be called to report a missing child.

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