May 25th is missing children’s day both nationally and internationally. Senate Bill 86, introduced by state Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London, would align Ohio with those designations. Baker testified in favor of the bill, pending before a Senate committee.
“I’m speaking for myself, in particular, and our family and our community here. I think this would be something awesome for the future, for us and also the families of the missing children in the state of Ohio,” Baker said.
The FBI National Crime Information Center data shows there were 465,676 reports of missing children nationwide in 2016 and 460,699 in 2015. If a child runs away multiple times in a single year, that child is counted for each time a report is filed.
Still, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a non-profit clearinghouse of data, says “Unfortunately, since many children are never reported missing, there is no reliable way to determine the total number of children who are actually missing in the U.S.”
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