9 Year Old Braiden Stow Missing Since 7/15/14 in Smyrna, GA … Believed to Be with Father, Ryan Stow (Update: Father & Son Found Safe in Alabama)
9 year old Braiden Stow has been missing since Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Smyrna, Georgia. Police believe that Braiden is in the company of his father, Ryan Stow. It is also thought that the two could be at a camp site. Ryan Stow is believed to be driving a burgundy 1995 Buick LeSabre with Georgia tag number 34618QC.
- Ryan Stow was described as being 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, green eyes and several tattoos.
- Braiden Stow is described as being 4-foot-8 , 60-65 pounds, blond hair and blue eyes. Braiden was last seen wearing shorts, a T-shirt and blue and yellow Rebook slippers.
Ryan Stow, left – Braiden Stow, right: pic – Smyrna Police
Stow said police responded to a call at the Oakdale Drive address, where they had received reports of a person threatening suicide. Additional investigation indicated that Stow had made 35 threats to commit suicide-by-cop. Graeff said Stow had left the home before police arrived.
Investigators said they believe Stow and his son are in the area — possibly at a camp site.
Ryan Stow is described as a white male, 6-feet-1-inch tall, weighing 160 pounds with green eyes and several tattoos. Braiden Stow is described as being 4-feet-8-inches tall, weighing 60 to 65 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. Braiden was last seen wearing shorts, a t-shirt and blue-and-yellow Reebok slippers. Ryan Stow is believed to be driving a burgundy 1995 Buick LeSabre with Georgia tag number 34618QC.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Plumb with the Smyrna Police Department at 404-596-1973, or to call 911.
24 Year Old Steven Capobianco Indicted on Second-Degree Murder in the Death of Missing Carly Scott in Maui, Hawaii
Hey Aruba, no body, no crime … who says that one cannot be charged with murder?
24 year old Steven Capobianco has been indicted by a grand jury on second degree murder in the death of 27 year old missing Carly Scott. Capobianco is the ex-boyfriend and father of Scott’s unborn child. Carly Scott went missing on February 9, 2014 in Maui, Hawaii. She was five months pregnant at the time. Capobianco also was indicted on a third-degree arson as the missing woman’s 1997 Toyota 4Runner was later found on the island’s north shore burned. Capobianco is being held on $500,00 bail.
Steven Capobianco, left, and Carly Scott, right – pic: Maui Now
The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime.
Steven Capobianco, 24, was served with an arrest warrant Monday at Maui Community Correctional Center, where he has been held since last month in an unrelated case, said a person familiar with the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity. The person wasn’t authorized to talk publicly about the case.
A Maui grand jury on Friday indicted Capobianco on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Carly Scott, 27, who has never been found.
Capobianco is the father of Scott’s unborn child and has adamantly denied hurting her. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Maui Circuit Court.
According to a copy of the indictment obtained by The Associated Press, Capobianco intentionally or knowingly caused Scott’s death “in an especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner, manifesting exceptional depravity” during the period from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13.
During that period, he also set fire to Scott’s property, the indictment said.
Before the vehicle was found, police discovered Scott’s dog in the nearby community of Nahiku. They later began investigating her disappearance as a homicide.
Capobianco has told Hawaii News Now that he saw Scott on the night her family says she vanished but he had nothing to do with her disappearance.
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If anyone has any information on this missing woman case is asked to call Maui Police at 808-270-6516.
24 Year Old Mother Heidi Monroy Found Dead … Three Children Missing in Jefferson Parish, LA, 14 Year Old Jessica Nicolle Monterroso, 4 Year Old Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores & 2 Year Old Jafet Abigaitl Monterroso-Monroy … 43 Year Old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas Wanted for Second Degree Murder (Update: Suspect Arrested in Texas, Children Safe)
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana mom is dead and three children are missing …
43 year old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas is wanted for second degree murder in the death of 24 year old Heidi Monroy. Police said that Monroy was found unconscious at her home in the 4000 block of Durand Street with a head wound. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s department is not only looking for Monterroso-Navas, but also three children are missing. Police are saying that Monterroso-Navas fled with his three biological children Sunday morning, including his daughter, 14-year-old Jessica Nicolle Monterroso, and two sons, 4-year-old Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores and 2-year-old Jafet Abigaitl Monterroso-Monroy.
Monterroso-Navas is from Honduras and may also go by the name of Wilson Rigoberto Mina. Monterroso-Navas was last seen wearing black pants and a blue shirt, according to a release from State Police. He walks with a limp.
Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas wanted for murder
Deputies say Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, 43, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Heidi Monroy, 24, who the sheriff’s office originally identified as his wife.
Deputies began looking for Monterroso-Navas after authorities responding to a medical call at 3:35 a.m. Sunday found a woman unconscious in a bathtub. Two of the couple’s children, a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old, had gone to a neighbor’s house to seek help, saying something was wrong with their mother.
Sheriff Newell Normand said Monroy had a head wound and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Normand said Monterroso-Navas fled with his three biological children, including his daughter, 14-year-old Jessica Nicolle Monterroso, and two sons, 4-year-old Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores and 2-year-old Jafet Abigaitl Monterroso-Monroy.
Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores
Ernesto Oroschena, who lives in a neighboring apartment, said the two children were running up and down the stairs of the apartment complex yelling for help in Spanish.
“They were yelling, ‘My mother’s lying down’ and ‘My dad killed my mother,’ ” Oroschena said.
Those two children were identified as Victor Manuel Monterroso-Monroy, 8, and Marlin Jouahny Monterroso-Monroy, 5.
Paul Ross, who also lives in the apartment complex, said the family moved in about two months ago. He said he never witnessed any fighting between the couple.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Monterroso-Navas or his children is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or else call 911.
Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies stated in a news release that 43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, of Metairie, was arrested in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, late Sunday night.
According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, a man wanted for second degree murder in the death of his girlfriend in Metairie Sunday, has been arrested in Texas.
JPSO sent out a release early Monday morning indicating that Pedro Alberto Monterosso-Navas, also known as Wilson Rigoberto Mena, who was wanted for second degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, has been arrested in a trailer park in Katy Texas.
All three of his children were with him at the time of his arrest, and are reportedly fine and are now in the custody of Texas authorities.
17 Year Old Angelic Tracy ‘Anji’ Dean Missing Since 6/23/14 in Camas, WA … May Be A Victim of Human Trafficking: “If You’re Reading This, I’m Either Missing or Dead.” (Update: Found Safe)
17 year old Angelic Tracy ‘Anji’ Dean has been missing since June 23, 2014 in Camas, Washington. The missing teen left an entry in her journal that read, “If you’re reading this, I’m either missing or dead.” The police fear that ‘Anji’ Dean may be a victim of human trafficking after mysteriously vanishing from her Camas home. Prior to her disappearance, “She had been telling some people for a while that she was involved in something, that she was in over her head, that she was scared.” Anji is described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, weighing 135-145-pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. Anji was last seen wearing exercise clothes, black tights that stop at midcalf, white Nike tennis shoes with light green soles, and a white, razor-back tank top. She may also have a white backpack.
A 17-year-old Washington girl missing for the last two weeks left a chilling message in her journal no mother should have to find.
“If you’re reading this, I’m either missing or dead,” the entry penned by Angelic Tracy ‘Anji’ Dean read.
Authorities fear she’s become a victim of human trafficking after mysteriously vanishing from her Camas home June 23.
The blue-eyed brunette left behind her cellphone, ID, bank cards and the eyeglasses she needs to see, according to the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE), which is assisting in her search.
Jorgensen said in recent months Anji had been dealing with what her family thought might be some episodes of “teenage angst” and “normal teenage girl depression.”
“Now we are kind of finding out that there was a different, underlying reason,” she said. “She had been telling some people for a while that she was involved in something, that she was in over her head, that she was scared. But they couldn’t get any more information than that out of her.”
Anji’s journal hints at some of those fears and troubles. In addition, she sent her boyfriend some ominous text messages the day she went missing, saying she was in danger, and that people had threatened to kill him and her family. Her boyfriend is cooperating with law enforcement.
“She has never been out on her own for more than a day,” Jorgensen said. “We assumed she was with her boyfriend, or something like that. We had the police talk to him as well. The moment we found out she wasn’t with him, that’s when we really started freaking out because we had no idea where she was.”
She left behind several items of importance including her prescription eyeglasses, bank cards, makeup and clothes, as well as some medications.
“What we see traditionally is if you’re running away from home because you don’t like the rules or you’re running away from something, that’s not against the law, but those types of individuals will take something with them,” Bart said. “If you’re being lured away, you are told to leave things behind so that nobody can track you. That’s the difference.”
Investigators with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are interested in speaking to an African-American male, approximately 25 to 35 years of age, with a goatee, who drives a light blue older model, square body Volvo. He was seen by a neighbor dropping Anji off in front of her home on June 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Nancy Grace interview the mother of missing teen Anji Dean, Lynda Jorgensen, and Dave Mack, syndicated Talk Show host.
Pic- Screen grab from Nancy Grace: Click HERE to watch VIDEO
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If anyone has any information on Anji’s whereabouts or disappearance, please contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and urged to contact Detective Scott Kirgiss at (360) 397-2028.
UPDATE II: Missing Camas teen Found Safe.
Missing Camas teen Angelic “Anji” Dean was found safe by police Wednesday afternoon at the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon. The 17-year-old had been missing since she left her home near Southeast 192nd Avenue on June 23.
Investigators said they received about 150 phone tips about the girl’s whereabouts, and numerous tips through social media. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit was able to locate Dean at the mall in Clackamas County, interview her and reunite her with her family, according to a news release from the agency.
“This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking,” Sgt. Kevin Allais said in the new release.
Dean’s mother, Lynda Jorgensen, spoke with reporters Wednesday at the family’s home in Camas shortly after getting the call from Detective Scott Kirgiss that her daughter had been found.
“We’re very, very thankful that she’s OK,” Jorgensen said.
33 Year Old Nefertiri Trader Missing Since 6/30/14 in New Castle County, DE (Update: Police Raise Case to a Gold Alert, Believed Abducted/Kidnapped)
33 year old Nefertiri Trader has been missing since Monday, June 30, 2013 in New Castle County, Delaware. Nefertiri Trader, mother of three, is believed to have been abducted from her home. Police say based on an eyewitness report, Nefertiri Trader was carried out of her New Castle home on Freedom Trail at about 4 a.m. Monday by force. Trader was reportedly forced into her vehicle, a silver 2000 Acura RL with Delaware license plate 404893. Authorities are calling the missing persons case suspicious.
Missing: 33 Year Old Nefertiri Trader
A witness told police one person forced Trader into the car, Duffy told The News Journal on Tuesday night.
That person was believed to be a man, she said, but no description was available.
“No one has seen her or heard from her since,” Duffy said.
Trader’s car is a silver 2000 Acura RL with Delaware license plate 404893, she said.
Police do not know whether Trader was driving when her car left the Saddlebrook neighborhood, Duffy said.
She was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 124 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Police ask anyone with information on Trader’s whereabouts to contact Detective B. Shahan at (302) 395-8110 or firstname.lastname@example.org, give tips at www.nccpd.com or www.tipsubmit.com, or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.
Missing and Kidnapped Jewish Teens Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar & Naftali Fraenkel (Dual Israeli-American Citizenship) Found Deceased in West Bank … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Vows, “Hamas Will Pay”
The search for three missing teens in Israel has come to a sad, savage and bloody end …
19 year old Eyal Yifrah, 16 year old Gilad Shaar and 16 year old Naftali Fraenkel, who had dual Israeli-American citizenship, have been missing since June 12, 2014 have been found murdered in the West Bank north of Hebron. The three went missing while hitching home from a West Bank religious school. Israeli officials said at the time that one of the teens called a police emergency line said: “We’ve been kidnapped.” They were not heard from again.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing “Hamas will pay.”
The Israeli air force conducted strikes early Tuesday morning against 34 targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks against Israel’s southern communities. It was not immediately clear if the airstrikes, which targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad assets in the strip and came after more than 20 rockets were fired into southern Israel over the past two days, resulted in any casualties, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Also on Tuesday, a Palestinian who Israel said was a member of Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank. The man was the first casualty since the bodies were found.
UPDATE I: The Times of Israel: What happened on the night of the kidnapping.
The three teens were waiting at Geva’ot Intersection, west of the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem, soon after 10:15 p.m, looking to catch a ride heading west on Route 367 toward Beit Shemesh and from there to locations in central Israel where each of them lived.
Inside the Hyundai, Israel alleges, were Hamas terrorists Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme.
Recognizing, too late, that the car was not an innocent Israeli vehicle, one of the teens called the police at 10:25 p.m. and whispered, “We’ve been kidnapped.” The call was transferred immediately to a senior officer, who continued to ask questions but received no reply. The call lasted for 2:09 minutes and was then cut off. The officer called the number eight more times, but received three busy signals and reached voicemail five times.
The kidnappers, apparently realizing that a call had been made, shot the three teens dead soon afterwards in the backseat of the car, military sources said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday night that they were murdered “in cold blood.”
UPDATE II: Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza Strip.
Israel said it launched a series of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday. The military said the strikes hit 34 targets and injured four Palestinians across the Hamas-controlled territory.
It also said approximately six rockets hit Israel, including two that struck an area north of the city of Sderot. No damage or injuries have yet been reported.
Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at Hamas after finding the bodies of three missing teenagers whose abduction and killing it blames on the Palestinian Islamist group.
Israel’s security cabinet, which held an emergency session late on Monday and was due to meet again on Tuesday, was split on the scope of any further action in the coastal enclave or in the occupied West Bank, officials said. The United States and regional power-broker Egypt urged restraint.
The military said aircraft attacked 34 sites, mostly belonging to Hamas, though its statement did not link the strikes to the abductions. Palestinian medics said two people were slightly wounded.
The military cited 18 Palestinian rockets launched against Israel from Gaza in the past two days.
The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.
16 Year Old Ashley Lyon Missing Since 6/11/14 from Valrico, FL … Believed to be With 41 Year Old Registered Sex Offender Steven Patrick Myers (Update: Missing Teen Found with Sex Offender after car chase in Louisiana)
16 year old Ashley Lyon has been missing since Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Valrico, Florida. Lyon was last seen around 4 p.m. on Wednesday at her home on the 4000 block of Water Lark Way in Valrico. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a statewide missing child alert on Saturday afternoon for Ashley Lyon who police believe is in the company of 41 year old registered sex offender, Steven Patrick Myers. Ashley Lyon has been diagnosed as bipolar and is without her medication. Authorities say that they two may be traveling in a 1989, dark-colored, Ford Ranger truck with flames painted on the front and sides with Florida tags CSJM45.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a statewide missing child alert on Saturday afternoon for Ashley Lyon, who has not been seen or heard from since leaving her Valrico home. Lyon has been diagnosed as bipolar and did not take her medications with her.
Deputies said Lyon may be in the company of 41-year-old Steven Patrick Myers, who the sex offender registry indicates moved to Plant City after two convictions on sex charges in Georgia.
Lyon was wearing a black tank top, black gym shorts and black shoes. She has brown eyes and black hair. She weighs 175 pounds and is 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
Myers has brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs 156 pounds and is 5 feet, 11 inches tall.
They might be traveling in a 1989, dark-colored, Ford Ranger truck with flames painted on the front and sides. The tag number is CSJM45.
Ashley’s parents said they recently found out she had been spending time with Myers, who lives in Plant City, but has relatives in their neighborhood.
The Lyons grounded Ashley but she disappeared while her mother Michelle had jury duty and father Roger was at work.
“I returned home from work at approximately 4:30 that afternoon. I heard music on in her room. My assumption was that she was in the room. When my son and I finished barbequing dinner, I said go get your sister, it’s time to eat and at that point he said she’s not in her room,” said Roger Lyon.
The family said she hasn’t been heard from since and her phone is off.
“Quite honestly, we’re not angry at this point,” he said. “We’re terrified. We just want our baby daughter to come home.”
UPDATE II: $5,000 reward offered in missing teen case.
Hillsborough County, Florida – A father is making an emotional plea on this holiday weekend. His 16-year-old daughter has been missing since Wednesday and he is asking for the public’s help in finding her.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to finding Ashley Lyon.
Ashley’s family spent the evening passing out flyers at businesses near their home in Valrico. They also passed fliers out near a gas station in Plant City, where 41-year-old Steven Myers, a two-time sex offender, lives. Ashley’s family believes she is with Meyers.
The parents of a missing Valrico teenager spent Father’s Day distributing fliers to businesses and neighborhoods all over Hillsborough County.
Ashley’s parents say the community and thousands on social media have been helping in the search and they won’t rest until their daughter’s home safe.
“There are so many, I mean, I’ve had my daughter’s teacher call and anything she can do she wants to help. And so many online shares, like the missingcase.com that was posted last night – they already had close to 5,000 shares,” said Michelle Lyon, Ashley’s mother.
“Today isn’t Father’s Day. Today’s Ashley’s day and it will be Father’s Day when I get her back home,” said Roger Lyon, her father.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Ashley Lyon is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200, Crimestoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 888-FL-MISSING.
A truck stop cashier spotted a sex offender and a Florida teen who’d been missing for a week, setting off a 40-mile chase across Louisiana swampland that ended when the man’s truck burst into flames, officials said Thursday.
The Florida man — Steven Myers, 41, of Plant City — and the 16-year-old girl both had stab wounds and were in serious but stable condition, police said. Investigators believe but have not confirmed that Myers stabbed the girl and then himself, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for the Lafayette City Police Department.
The missing Tampa Bay area teen found in Louisiana early Thursday was stabbed 10 or 12 times after the registered sex offender she was traveling with “realized he wasn’t getting away” during a high-speed pursuit, a sheriff’s official said.
Ashley Lyon, 16, Valrico was upgraded to serious but stable condition at a Lafayette, La., hospital, police said.
The man she was with, Steven Myers, was also hospitalized after the 40-mile pursuit with law enforcement. He was in serious but stable condition with apparent self-inflicted stab wounds and K-9 bites after confronting officers with a knife, police said.
Nigerian Defense Chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh Says They Have Located the Missing 300 School Girls Abducted by Boko Haram … Fears Use of Force to Free Them Could Get them Killed (VIDEO)
Abducted Nigerian school girls supposedly found …
Nigerian Defense Chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh stated yesterday that the Nigerian military has located the nearly 300 abducted school girls taken by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. However, he fears that if the military tried to free them, many of the girls could be killed in the process. Badeh made this announcement in front of thousands of protesters in front of the Defense Ministry Headquarters, but did not say anything specific about where the girls are located. The terror Islamist group Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 girls on April 14 from a boarding school in Chibok in northern Nigeria.
Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday.
Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”
He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters in Abuja, the capital. Many were brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event.
Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.
“We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?” he asked the crowd.
People roared back, “No!”
“If we go with force what will happen?” Badeh asked.
“They will die,” the demonstrators responded.
Amber Alert Issued for 2 Year Old Edwin Vargas Missing Since 5/23/14 in Los Angeles, CA … Abducted By His father, 27 Year Old Abraham Vargas (Update: Vehicle Found)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 2 year old Edwin Vargas on Friday morning, May 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. The boy was kidnapped by his father, 26 year old Abraham Vargas, while the child’s mother Beatrice Lopez was loading her son into her car in front of her apartment complex in the 1000 block of Lorena Street at 6:30 a.m. Vargas is believed to be driving an Orange Nissan Quest, license number 7CIN189, with tinted windows and damage on the driver’s side. The suspect, Abraham Vargas, is described as wearing a red shirt and jeans. The little boy is wearing a red sweatshirt and blue sweatpants. Beatrice Lopez had a restraining order against Vargas. California Highway Patrol and Border Patrol have been notified that the police suspect Vargas may be heading for Mexico. He had threatened in the past to take the toddler from her several times in the two years since the couple broke up, saying he would take the boy to Veracruz, Mexico.
2 Year Old Edwin Vargas
The boy, Edwin Vargas, was allegedly kidnapped by his father from Boyle Heights early Friday.
His father, Abraham Vargas, 27, allegedly took the boy from Lopez, his ex-girlfriend, police said.
The kidnap happened while Lopez was loading her son into her car in front of her apartment complex in the 1000 block of Lorena Street at 6:30 a.m., said LAPD Capt. Gary Lopez.
Descriptions of victim and suspect:
Vargas is Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans.
His son, Edwin Vargas, is Hispanic, 2 feet tall, with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue sweat pants.
Authorities say they have found the vehicle used by a man suspected of kidnapping his 2-year-old son Friday in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, but father and son remain missing.
At about 12:20 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said the car Vargas allegedly drove off in — an orange Nissan Quest — was located in East Los Angeles.
Anyone with information is asked to call either 911, 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or the Los Angeles Police Department at (323) 342-4185.
Sunday, May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day.
National Missing Children’s Day is an annual observation in the United States designed to highlight the problem of child kidnapping and abduction. It is observed on May 25 because that is the date in 1979 that 6 year old Ethan Patz disappeared on his way to school in New York City, NY. National Missing Children’s Day was first observed in 1983 when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.
National Missing Children’s Day is commemorated this Sunday, May 25 and aims to remind the public of the numerous cases of America’s missing children.
The most recent study conducted by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states, that approximately 800,000 children younger than 18 were reported missing in one year.
National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated in the United States on May 25, since 1983, when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.
It falls on the same day as the International Missing Children’s Day.
1. Share a poster.
2. Take the Pledge.
3. Like us on Facebook and Twitter.
4. Make sure your wireless AMBER Alerts are activated.
5. Get a free lapel pin and wear it.
6. Change your profile cover photo.
8. Bookmark the anniversaries page.
9. Make a Child ID.
10. Know what to do if you see a missing child.
Key facts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
- The most recent, comprehensive national study for the number of missing children estimated in 1999:
- Approximately 800,000 children younger than 18 were reported missing.
- More than 200,000 children were abducted by family members.
- More than 58,000 children were abducted by nonfamily members.
- An estimated 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. These “stereotypical” kidnappings involved someone the child did not know or was an acquaintance. The child was held overnight, transported 50 miles or more, killed, ransomed or held with the intent to keep the child permanently.
- To find the number of children missing from a specific state or territory contact the state’s Missing Child Clearinghouses.
- The first three hours are the most critical when trying to locate a missing child. The murder of an abducted child is rare, and an estimated 100 cases in which an abducted child is murdered occur in the U.S. each year. A 2006 study indicated that 76.2 percent of abducted children who are killed are dead within three hours of the abduction.
- The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 193,705 missing children since it was founded in 1984. Our recovery rate for missing children has grown from 62 percent in 1990 to 97 percent today.
- The AMBER Alert program was created in 1996 and is operated by the U.S. Department of Justice. As of April 2, 2014, 688 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the program. 
- As of Dec. 2013, NCMEC’s toll free, 24 hour call center has received more than 3,899,964 calls since it was created in 1984. Information about missing or exploited children can be reported to the call center by calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
- 93 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 go online.
- Of children five years old and younger who use the Internet, 80 percent use it at least once a week.
- One in 25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
- Four percent of cell phone owning teens ages 12 to 17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude messages to others via text message.
- 15 percent of cell phone owning teens ages 12 to 17 say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.