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RCMP shine light on missing children

In 2018, 42,233 children were reported missing in Canada.
Having a child go missing can be devastating for parents and loved ones, and can deeply affect entire communities.
Saturday, May 25 marks National Missing Children’s Day — a day to commemorate missing children who have been found, remember those who are still missing, and continue efforts to bring the missing home.
“While the vast majority of missing persons are located within days, some are not,” Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale said. “These cases are heart-wrenching for family and friends, and potentially dangerous in cases of foul play.”
“Today, we are reminded of all those children still missing and their loved ones waiting for their safe return. We also acknowledge the efforts of police officers from across the country who continue to work tirelessly to return them home.”
Seventy-three per cent of missing children and youth reports are runaways.
Sixty-two per cent of missing children and youth reports were removed within 24 hours, while 92 per cent were removed within a week.
Fifty-seven per cent of all missing persons reports involve children.
The RCMP launched a week‑long campaign starting May 20 featuring missing children on the Canada’s Missing Web site.
The goal is to help shine a light on missing children cases and encourage those who may have information to submit a tip.
The Canada’s Missing Web site contains hundreds of missing person profiles and is an investigative tool.
It is managed by the RCMP’s National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains.
Collaboration is key in missing person investigations, which is why the RCMP and the Missing Children Society of Canada will sign an agreement on Friday, May 24, to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations and support each other’s efforts to recover missing children.
On May 25, the RCMP encourages you to visit canadasmissing.ca and help bring missing children home.

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