I'm putting this here because frankly, I don't understand why it's not on every front page in the world.
Missing Persons Statistics and Facts — 2,300 a Day — Crime Library on truTV.com
eports of missing persons have increased sixfold in the past 25 years, from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 this year. The increase was driven in part by the country's growing population. But the numbers also indicate that law enforcement treats the cases more seriously now, including those of marginalized citizens.
An astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children.
But only a tiny fraction of those are stereotypical abductions or kidnappings by a stranger.
For example, the federal government counted 840,279 missing persons cases in 2001. All but about 50,000 were juveniles, classified as anyone younger than 18.
FBI Stats on Missing Persons:
FBI — NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics for 2010
The number differ somewhat in the two reports but, still an astonishing number of people who simply disappear.