When a 13-year-old North Carolina girl went missing last fall, the FBI and state and local partners worked quickly to locate her more than 900 miles from home her in Oklahoma.
The man who lured the girl away was arrested and is facing state charges. The girl was returned to her family.
(The FBI and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office found 13-year-old Aubrey Joelle Acree safe and alive in Checotah, Oklahoma just before 11:00 p.m., on November 28, 2018. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and special agents and task force officers with FBI Oklahoma City Field Office found Aubrey and arrested 23-year-old Jacob Gardea of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gardea is facing charges from the state of North Carolina for Abduction of a Child. Courtesy of CBS 17 and YouTube. Posted on Nov 29, 2018.)
Sadly, though, not every missing child is found.
Many of the children on the FBI’s Kidnappings & Missing Persons web page have been missing for months or even years.
In recognition of National Missing Children’s Day, which is held every year on May 25th each year, please take the time to view the faces of the missing children seen here and contact law enforcement if you have any information that might bring them home to their families.
The FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Program (VCAC), works with federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners to help identify and locate child victims.
(FBI Special Agent Danielle Messineo, who works in the Crimes Against Children division, tries to prevent future victims by giving presentations to schoolchildren. Courtesy of the USA Network and YouTube.)
The FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Teams provide support to law enforcement in the critical hours immediately after a child is abducted, especially by a non-family member.
The FBI also works with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and contributes to international task forces that investigate crimes against children.
National Missing Children’s Day is also a reminder of the importance of being prepared should the unthinkable ever happen to your child, and one thing parents can do is to download or update their children’s information in the FBI’s Child ID app.
(Denver Police Missing Persons Detective Ted Binet walks us through the FBI Child ID app – a useful tool to keep your child’s vital information and a recent photo secure and easily available on your mobile device. Courtesy of Denver Police and YouTube. Posted on Feb 28, 2019.)
The app, available free for both iPhones and Androids, allows parents to keep updated photos and physical descriptions of their children available on their smartphones.
If your child goes missing, you can quickly send the information to authorities.
The FBI does not collect or store the information or photos you enter into the app.
The data resides on YOUR mobile device unless you choose to send it to authorities in an emergency.
Note: The children pictured here may have been located since this information was posted.
Please check the Kidnappings & Missing Persons webpage for up-to-date information on them and on additional missing children and other persons.
Runaway Train 25
When the song Runaway Train was released 25 years ago, the music video showed images of real missing children.
As a result of the video’s reach on national television, 21 of the missing children were found.
To mark the song’s anniversary this year, the FBI’s partners at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have revamped the song and made a new video for the Internet era.
(To see missing kids from your area go to RunawayTrain25.com and help bring them home. 25 years ago, Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” music video featured images of missing children, and helped recover 21 of them. How many can we find with today’s technology and social media? For the 25th anniversary of Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train”, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey, and Gallant created a new version of the music video. Courtesy of Jamie N Commons and YouTube. Posted on May 22, 2019.)
Users who watch the video online will see images of missing children in their local area.
According to NCMEC, 61 percent of children reported missing are found in the state where they went missing, meaning the local approach is crucial.
To watch the video and view images of missing children in your location, visit runawaytrain25.com.
Additionally recognized in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Program, Thomas O’Connor, FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) President.
‘Excellence in Homeland Security’
President of the FBI Agents Association
(Hear from FBI Agents Association President Tom O’Connor directly, as discusses how the partial government shutdown was affecting the operations of the FBI. Courtesy of Fox Business News and YouTube. Posted on Jan 24, 2019.)
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