In 2001, 840,279 missing persons (adults and juveniles) were reported missing to the police and entered into the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

This represents the smallest number of missing persons reports since 1992 (801,358). * The FBI estimates that 85 90% of missing persons are juveniles. Thus, in approximately 725,000 cases (or 2,000 per day) the disappearance of a child was serious enough that a parent called the police, the police took a report and entered it into NCIC.

For just the fourth time in the twenty years since the passage of the Missing Children's Act in 1982, the number of missing persons reported to the police declined from the previous year. The 2001 reports were down 4.1% from 2000. The total increase since 1982 is 444%

(154,341 entries in 1982 vs. 840,279 entries in 2000)

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Missing Person File

Before We Forget

Lets get back to the 866,000 misiing kids in 1999, in the USA alone.

Being MORE than reasonable, lets say half that number were runaways or kidnapped by a parent.

433,000 still just missing.

Lets imagine the same number missing in 2000, and 2001, and 2002.

433,000 times four is 1,732,000. That's one million, seven hundred thirty two thousand children missing over a four year period.

That is a lot of bodies never found.

Going backwards, 1998, 1997, 1996 - even dropping off ten thousand each year, that's approximately four million children in ten years. This is using one half the total reported missing.

Four million over ten years, conservatively.

That's four hundred thousand a year.

Imagine half a million adults vanishing every year. Would that make a newspaper headline or a leading story on a TV news show?

Half a million children dying from measles in one years time in the USA would be considered an inter-national emergency. Half a million vanishing only matters to the families involved.

Those families are so devastated that no one is asking the obvious questions; 'Why isn't this a matter of national/inter-national concern?'

If there are no bodies found, another question; 'Where did they go?'

Are they being 'taken' or are they just 'leaving' on their own?

At about 1300 per day, it is very hard to imagine that police are clueless.

In 1999, an estimated 1.1 million vehicles where stolen in the United States (FBI Uniform Crime Reports). The recovery rate for vehicles stolen in 1999 was 67 per cent.