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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 2019, of the 609,275 new missing persons reports entered into NCIC*, 421,394 missing persons were under the age of 18.

In Texas alone, there were 52,214 missing persons reports in 2019 with 42,093 of those children.

In 2019, 8,334 new missing child cases were filed in Harris County and 10,629 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 2019, of the 609,275 new missing persons reports entered into NCIC, 187,881 missing persons were over the age of 18.

In Texas alone, there were 52,214 missing persons reports in 2019 with 10,121 of those adults.

In 2019, 3,007 new missing adult cases were filed in Harris County and 3,805 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.