Missing Persons

Missing Persons

Missing Persons Investigations

In line with Deborah L. Sawers

about Missing Persons in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Historically, state criminal law (there is more information about criminal law in the American Legal Encyclopedia here) has prohibited non-familial abduction and kidnapping, and the public has expected swift and aggressive investigation into such cases. The kidnapping and murder of the son of Charles A. Lindbergh in 1932 led to a federal statute, the Federal Kidnapping Act, which allowed United States Department of Justice intervention and prescribed severe penalties for transporting the victims of kidnapping across state or national boundaries. According to the FBI, as of 2003, there were 97,297 active missing persons cases in the United States of America; the majority, 85%-90%, of these missing persons are juveniles. In roughly 725,000 cases, the disappearance of a child or adult was serious enough that it was reported to the police, the police took a report, and entered the report into the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

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