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Are you looking for me? #NationalMissingPersonsDay

Before text messages, Amber Alerts and Facebook, missing children would be printed, often in black and white, on milk cartons that were found in most American homes in the 1980s. However, the campaign was not that effective since often the kids, not their parents were more likely viewing the images. With more eyes across the country focused towards smart phones, social media and computer screens more missing persons cases are solved, but unfortunately thousands still remain active.

Did you know? 

Daily in the United States 2,300 people are reported missing, that’s roughly three people every couple of minutes.  Missing person statistics from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC’s) reported 88,040 active missing person records in 2016, largely young women disappear more often, however men and seniors are at risk too. Are you aware that black women and girls represent only 7% of America’s population, but sadly represent 35% of all the missing person’s cases. The majority, 95% of cases, are solved, however 5% remains active because no one can confirm their location or status as alive or dead and their fate is unknown. For this cause annually on February 3rd, it is observed as the National Missing Persons Day, where we can focus collectively on those persons who has disappeared letting them know they are not forgotten and someone is looking for them.

People go missing for one of four reasons:

  • Health risks
  • Natural disaster
  • Unplanned circumstances
  • Taken against their will
Are you looking for me? The list above can easily apply to any of us, where it could just as simply be you that go missing without a trace of evidence or cause. We are commanded through scripture to "love your neighbor as yourself," and noted famously "no one is free until we are all free" and "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Take time to get involved in the effort to locate missing persons locally and nationally. Just last year hundreds of open cases prompted Virginia’s first ‘Missing Persons Day’ now held annually on April 29.

Still Missing

Toni Jacobs knows what it’s like, her daughter, 21-year-old Keeshae Jacobs, was last seen in Richmond, Virginia September 2016. She hasn’t been heard from since. She says a day like “Missing Persons Day” means a lot to her and others who are in the same situation.

View the number of children are missing, missing children in Virginia click HERE / missing adults, click HERE. Updated Daily

How can I help?
Report It |  Become a Poster Partner |  Donate 

If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Learn more about AMBER Alerts at www.amberalert.gov.
Follow your state’s AMBER Alert page on Facebook and receive alerts in your news feed. Successful Recoveries: 910  Updated January 8, 2018.

If you or someone else are in immediate danger, please call 911 or your local police.

If you want to report a potential suicide threat, please visit the following website: https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


Join the Poster Partner Program today and receive alerts via email when posters of children missing from your area become available on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®’s website. Help the search by printing and distributing posters in your community.


12 ways to make a donation to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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