Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
National Missing Children´s Day Stresses Power Of Pictures On May 25
(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--- "Picture Them Home" is the theme of this year´s National Missing Children´s Day on May 25. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the power of pictures and the important role they play in locating missing children.
According to a recent poll, law enforcement agencies consider pictures to be the single most important tool for in the search for missing children. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports that one child in six featured in its photo distribution program is recovered as a direct result of someone in the general public recognizing a child and notifying authorities.
Currently, there are 60, 710 active cases of missing juveniles in the U.S. Last year, 4,600 juveniles aged 0 to 17 years of age were reported missing in Kentucky and 82 of those cases are still active. As of May 19, 2004, a total of 1,987 juveniles have been reported missing this year with 300 of those still missing. This brings the total active cases in the state to 384.
What can you do to help locate these missing children? The Kentucky State Police suggests three helpful actions that can make a difference:
- Parents should keep current, high-quality photos of their children, regardless of their ages, and update them at least annually.
- Parents should know their children´s friends and how to contact them. This speeds up the initial search process and could provide vital information to help locate a child.
- Everyone should pay close attention to photos of missing children that appear online, in the mail, at the post office or on milk cartons. Make an effort to never be complacent about studying these photos and notifying authorities if you think you recognize a child.
Pictures work in helping to identify and locate missing children. Make an effort, you might just bring a child home. If more people took the time, more families would be reunited.