National Missing Children’s Day

Chyna Grochoske, Staff Writer

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Many people may not have known it, but on May 25 it was National Missing Children Day. Obviously, everyone gets the sense that children go missing a lot, and it’s never okay or a happy event. In fact, according to abcnews.go.com, “…roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States-  that’s roughly 2,000 per day.”

This national day isn’t just planted on a random day of the year. National Missing Children’s Day was inspired by six-year-old Etan Patz disappearing in his home town of New York on May 25, 1979. Patz went missing on his way to the bus stop for school and was declared dead in 2001. Pedro Hernandez was charged for Patz’s kidnap and murder 30 years after Patz’s disappearance after admitting to kidnapping and killing him in his nearby shop. According to biography.com, “On the fourth anniversary of Patz’s death, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated May 25 as ‘National Missing Children’s Day,’ to bring attention to the victimization of children.” As well as being the idea for this national day, Patz has also thought to be the first printed on a milk carton for a missing child search.

Some families haven’t found a clue to where their kids went after being reported missing. Parents of Madeline McCann have been searching for their daughter since May of 2007, and still haven’t found her. Days before her fourth birthday, Madeline went missing in Portugal during a family holiday. Mr. and Mrs. McCann just recently celebrated their daughter’s 15th birthday and over 11 years of Madeline’s disappearance.

There have been many missing child cases reported in America, and in Michigan alone. As an impact of Patz’s disappearance and many other missing children, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was created by the U.S. Congress. The NCMEC is a non-profit organization founded on June 13, 1984 about 33 years ago. More can be found out about the NCMEC on their website: missingkids.com.

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National Missing Children’s Day