INDEPTH: MISSING CHILDREN|
CBC News Online | Updated Jan. 15, 2007
In 2005, more than 66,500 children were reported missing in Canada, according to National Missing Children's Services. Yet as staggering as that number sounds, it represents an unusual drop. The number of missing children has increased almost every year since 1993. After an encouraging decrease in 1999, the trend continued unabated.
|Missing Children cases in Canada, by year
(Source: RCMP Missing Children's Registry)
| ||Total missing||Runaway||Unknown||Other||Wander||Parental abduction||Kidnap||Accident|
The majority of missing children were runaways (51,280), compared with 30 kidnappings and 349 parental abductions.
Females were more likely to go missing than males and accounted for 57 per cent of all missing kids.
Kidnapping reports, including stranger abductions, were the lowest since the National Missing Children's Services program began in 1986, although parental abduction reports jumped from the previous year (to 344 from 332).
The majority of missing children were runaways (52,390), compared with 35 kidnappings and 429 parental abductions.
Females were more likely to go missing than males and accounted for 59 per cent of all missing kids.
If you wish to report a missing child or have information on a missing child, please contact the following:
Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS
Child Find: 1-800-387-7962
Missing Children Society of Canada: 1-800-661-6160