Thousands of people are missing in the United StatesAccording to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). Disappearances and unidentified persons represent one of the biggest challenges facing agencies responsible for solving such cases.
According to information from the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC), More than 600,000 people go missing in the United States each year. Fortunately, many of the missing children and adults are quickly found and alive. However, tens of thousands of people are still missing for more than a year.
Between 2007 and 2020, an average of 664,776 lost records were entered into the NCIC annually. In 2021, 521,705 people were reported missing. On the other side, Last year, the police entered 546,568 missing records.
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How many people are missing in the United States? The countries with the highest number of disappearances
According to data obtained from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) portal, There are 22,740 open cases of missing persons, 14,388 open cases of unknown persons, and 15,393 open cases of unclaimed persons.
The states with the highest reports of missing persons are those with the largest population: California, with 3,207 open cases, Texas, with 2,296 open cases, and Florida, with 1,649. These states follow Alaska, with 1,219 open missing cases, and New York with 1,065, as of Feb. 21.
Although California has the highest number of open cases, the Golden State’s missing persons rate is about 5.4 missing persons per 100,000 people. The highest rate of missing persons is found in Alaska, where the number of missing persons is 41.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
On the other hand, andThe state with the lowest rate of missing persons is Massachusettswhere 1.8 per 100,000 disappeared while Rhode Island has the lowest number of missing persons In absolute terms, with 28, according to NamUs.
NamUs is the national clearinghouse of information and resources for missing, unknown and unclaimed people in the United States. It is funded and administered by the National Institute of Justice and administered through a contract with RTI International.