National Missing Children’s Day
Over 2100 children are reported missing each and every day in the United States! Most are located or rescued fairly quickly, however for hundreds and hundreds of families the nightmarish ordeal of having a missing child is something that must be endured for years! Imagine not knowing where your child is when you go to bed at night… Imagine waking each morning wondering if today will be the day you’ll finally hear something… anything. For many parents, they don’t have to imagine. They are living this hell every single day.
On May 25, 1979, Etan Patz was 6 years old and had finally convinced his parents to allow him to walk by himself to the school bus stop just a couple of blocks away. He never made it on the bus. Finally, over three decades later, a man has been charged and faces trial in early 2015. Etan’s body was never recovered. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared that May 25th would be forever recognized as National Missing Children’s Day to help raise awareness of the issue and honor the hundreds of thousands of children listed as missing each year.
While most children reported missing are located relatively quickly, and cases like Etan’s are fairly rare, there are far too many cases of children who have been missing for years and years.
1 in 6 missing children are rescued because someone recognizes a picture.