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KSP Observes May 25 as National Missing Persons Day

Date of News Release: 05/22/2006

The Kentucky State Police joins other law enforcement agencies, families and missing persons advocates nationwide in recognizing May 25 as National Missing Persons Day.

The day serves as an annual reminder that everyone can play a part in bringing a missing child or adult home, and that child protection must be a national and state priority, said KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller.

"On this day, we want to bring attention to the thousands of children and adults who are reported missing every day in the United States," said Miller. "We must keep hope alive for those who are still missing and provide sources of information to facilitate their recovery."

As of May 15, 2006, there were 511 missing persons in Kentucky, according to records maintained by the Kentucky Missing Persons Clearinghouse, which is housed within the KSP Intelligence Branch. Of 1,974 juveniles reported missing since January of this year, 1,982 have been reported located (the discrepancy reflects persons reported in 2005 but located in 2006). Of 492 adults reported missing for the same period, 495 were reported located (same discrepancy). Two hundred sixteen persons remain on the "missing" list for this year in Kentucky.

"As these statistics show, real dangers and real tragedies occur daily," said Miller. "Child safety education continues to be an especially important factor in preventing child abductions."

Parents and guardians should discuss with their children the need to always check first with a trusted adult before going anywhere, accepting anything or getting into a car with anyone. They should also maintain high-quality, current photographs of their children for use in case of an emergency.

For detailed information about discussing safety issues with children and preventing child abduction, visit the www.kentuckystatepolice.org/missing.

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