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The Missing Persons Problem is significant at the local and national level.
This data is provided annually by Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

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Missing Children Numbers

  • For 2020, of the 543,018 new missing persons reports entered into NCIC*, 346,237 missing persons were
    under the age of 18.

  • In Texas alone, there were 49,110 missing persons reports in 2020 with 37,023 of those children.

  • In 2020, 7,355 new missing child cases were filed in Harris County and 9,522 in the 14-county Houston-Galveston Region.

Missing Children Categories

  • Runaways: 80-85% — Just because the child ran away does not mean he/she is safe!

  • Family Abductions: 10-15% — Just because the child is with family does not mean he/she is safe!

  • Non-Family Abductions: 3-4% — These are the 2nd-most serious cases where bodily injury and death are most likely.

  • Stranger Abductions: <1% — These are the most serious cases where bodily injury and death are most likely.

Missing Adult Numbers

  • For 2020, of the 543,018 new missing persons reports entered into NCIC, 196,781 missing persons were over the age of 18.

  • In Texas alone, there were 49,110 missing persons reports in 2020 with 12,087 of those adults.

  • In 2020, 3,169 new missing adult cases were filed in Harris County and 4,034 in the 14-county Houston-Galveston Region.

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Texas Center for the Missing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age in the delivery of any services.