Here at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, there’s always a light on. And it will stay on until every missing child is home.
At any given time, we’re working on thousands of missing child cases. Unfortunately, too many of those children have been missing for months, years and even decades.
But we remain hopeful. We know these children can come home.
Take Jaycee Dugard. She was recovered after 18 years in captivity.
And the three women – Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus – who were held for years in a Cleveland home before finally escaping.
And the recent news of Jayme Closs, who was held for 6 months before she found an opportunity to escape.
And the list goes on.
When we looked at recoveries of missing children reported to NCMEC between 2014 and 2018, we found some astounding numbers:
- 2,564 children were recovered after being missing for 1 to 5 years.
- 255 children were recovered after being missing for 5 to 10 years.
- 234 children were recovered after being missing for 10 years or more.
At NCMEC, we will never stop searching for a missing child, no matter how long they’ve been gone. To find missing children in your area, search our posters at missingkids.org or check out this interactive map.
Here are just a few cases that still need your help.