Non-Family Abducted Children Exceeds 58,000 Annually in the US

Posted: June 4, 2011 in crime, crime rates
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Heroine Emily Stone from my two novels Compulsion and Dead Game has dedicated her life to finding and protecting children.  It’s not always a happy ending, but she won’t give up the search when a child is reporting missing or abducted.  She uses her innate profiling abilities and every piece of technology available to anonymously search out children and their perpetrators. 

In real life, it has been estimated through surveys of households, juvenile residential facilities, and law enforcement agencies that there are approximately 58,200 non-family abductions every year.  This high number is shocking to say the least.  We need to be vigilant to keep our children safe.

The National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART) has conducted two studies during the years 1997- 1999.  It is difficult to get the exact number due to many variables to missing children cases and reporting status.  

Here are some highlights in NISMART’s report:

Characteristic of Child Abducted

0-5 years old  7%   (4,300)

6-11 years old  12%  (6,800)

12-14 years old  22%  (13,000)

15-17 years old  59%  (34,100)

Gender of Child Abducted

Male  35%

Female  65%

Region of Child Abducted

Northwest  1%  (100)

Midwest  33%  (19,300)

South  38%  (21,900)

West  29%  (16,900)

Characteristic of Perpetrator

Friend  17%

Long-Term Acquaintance  21%

Neighbor  5%

Authority Person  6%

Caretaker or Babysitter  4%

Stranger  37%

Slight Acquaintance  8%

Someone Else  3%

Age of Main Perpetrator’s Age

13-19 years  25%

20-29 years  42%

30-39 years  12%

40-49 years  16%

50-59 years  5%

No information  1%


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