Here's what you need to know about missing children in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
1. According to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, there are 140 missing children in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area today.
2. Most of the missing are from Virginia, where 95 children have not been located. There are 40 missing children in Maryland and five in Washington, D.C.
3. The youngest person missing child in our database is Jacob Hoggle went missing from Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2014. The oldest person missing is 60 year-old Allison Helen from Fairfax Virginia, who went missing in 1972.
4. Demographically, 58 of the missing children were white, 40 were black, 24 as Hispanic, five were biracial, and five were Asian. A large number of missing children are African American. In the database, 28.6 percent of were missing children were identified as black.
5. According to the Black and Missing foundation, an organization that brings awareness to missing children of color, 36.8 percent of missing children nationwide are black.
“We also noticed that a lot of African American children that go missing are initially classified as runaways. They do not get an Amber Alert or media coverage,” Natalie Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation. Wilson has three simple tips on keeping your child safe.
6. Monitor what their child is doing and who they are talking to on social media. Keep the lines of communication open.
7. Try to notice what your child was wearing when they walk out of the house. If you child goes missing, the best thing you can do is report it immediately.
“Time is the enemy and when a child goes missing, you respond immediately….We know the greatest likelihood of the recovery of a child occurs within those early minutes,” said Ernie Allen, Former President and CEO of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.