In many countries, missing children are not tracked. It is estimated that at least 8 million children worldwide go missing each year.
A very large number of children will be reported missing each year:
When a child goes missing, the first 3 hours are the most crucial in finding the child safely. In some countries, it can take over 2 hours to get information about a missing child from a panicked parent.
23% of parents reported their child leaving the house without a parent knowing.
Family abductions are the most common type of child abduction.
Additionally, people go missing for other reasons. For example, those who suffer from mental disorders and go missing often receive little attention.
In most jurisdictions, missing person cases receive low priority.
Those with drug and alcohol addiction, psychiatric problems, and the elderly suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s make up the bulk of missing-adult cases.