Cleveland case sheds light on 800,000 children reported missing in the U.S.

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Today parents with missing children got a little hope. Three women missing for more than a decade were found inside a Cleveland home.  Three men are now behind bars in connection with the case.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found in a residential area a few miles from where they disappeared as teenagers.

This case is a reminder that 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S.Today is the day to find those parents in your city who may have a child missing.

We tend to be there when a child goes missing, but in time–let’s be honest, the media goes away and the parents remain in agony, waiting to hear word about their missing child.

Here are some facts according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

  • 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S. or 2,000 every day.
  • An estimated 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 by nonfamily members.
  • Primary motive abduction is sexual
  • 115 represent the most serious cases in which the child is abducted by a stranger and killed, held for ransom, or taken with the intention to keep.


  • Call local police: How many missing cases are they working on? Is there something to be learned from this Cleveland case?
  • Call your local FBI office for information on missing cases.
  • Check your newspaper or TV stations archives for those stories you’ve done on a missing child.
  • Find that high-profile missing child case and see if a relative or parent will talk.

Go help find a missing child. Good luck!

Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy award-winning freelance reporter based in Dallas.  She has 31 years in the business, including 27 in television news.  She’s currently the VP of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the VP of Membership for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  

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