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Watching the Nancy Grace show last night, I realized there are over 2300 people who go missing on a daily basis, some of which have absolutely no trace as to what happened. Whole families have done this, why do you think this is happening at such an alarming rate?


Asked by older at 7:41 AM on Feb. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • i really dont know why so many people go up missing, it is scary though and makes you a little paranoid around people and there motives to be around you or your family.

    Answer by mrssundin at 9:16 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Some people, like adults go missing because they want to go missing. People walk away from their lives and dont look back. Remember what we hear on TV and read on the net is the side of the story moms, dads etc of adults are saying. We dont know the whole story. There was a girl who intentionally went missing back in 2002. They were all over the news, the FBI was involved etc. She was found in 2005 by someone shopping at Sams club. She was a checker. When the news found out they wanted to reunite her with her family and she said no thank you. She left because they wouldnt pay for her college.

    As for kids, there are many bad ppl who take and kill them. There are also parental abductions. It is sad, but unless there is an eye witness to these stranger abductions its nearly impossible to solve.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:01 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Some go missing because they don't want to be found. Some go missing because they've been kidnapped, or killed, or etc and the crime is unsolved. Some go missing because, say, they were standing on an outcrop and get hit by a wave and washed out to sea (this has happened and been caught on tape, I can't help but wonder how many times it's happened and not been caught on tape...) If that were to happen, then there wouldn't be a body to recover, because it's swept to sea.

    Some have been found, but we just don't know it. For example, a "Jane Doe" found dead in Vegas, body decomposed beyond ID other than dna, may or may not ever be linked to that housewife who disappeared one day in New Jersey 5 yrs ago. Did she run away and later get killed, was she taken, who knows, and it's not like they have (or can legally create) a national or global dna registry, so no way to link her, kwim?

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:00 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • It is actually nothing new. In fact statistic show it is happening less. The difference is news agencies and shows and organizations like Missing and Exploited now exist and we are able to get information out faster. We have instant news, the web etc, all of which was not available to us even just a quarter century ago.

    Answer by gemgem at 7:44 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Here is one example

    After nearly seven years, Brandi Stahr's mother was about to have the missing young woman legally declared dead when Stahr turned up alive in Kentucky, working as a department manager at a Sam's Club store under her real name and Social Security number.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:03 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Also, here's a really good article that explains how those numbers are very misleading.  It explains how yes, that many people go missing, BUT - that "missing" is defined from everything from a runaway, a non custodial parent taking them (it explains how even overstaying a non custodial parent visit, even if the child ends up being returned, can count as a missing child for statistical purposes), to a stranger kidnapping, to a child being killed, to a child being abandoned, to adult abductions (again, did they run away, were they taken, were they killed, etc.)

    So, a large number of those "missing" would be better defined as either "hiding" or "temporarily misplaced" as opposed to "missing" if that makes sense...



    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:28 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Of the 2300 a lot of them are reported and found shortly after. The stat she gave only goes by the reports of missing not the results after the report. You may report your kid missing and that is put on the report stat but the stat she used neglected your kid was found hanging out at another friends house a few hours later.

    The skewering of statistics for ratings.

    During 2009, 719,558 missing person records were entered into NCIC, a decrease of 7.5 percent from the 778,161 records entered in 2008. Missing Person records cleared or canceled during the same period totaled 726,130. Reasons for these removals include: a law enforcement agency located the subject, the individual returned home, or the record had to be removed by the entering agency due to a determination that the record was invalid.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:32 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • i wouldve liked to seen that. i think a lot of it may be black market. people kidnapping to sell your organs or for sex. you get mixed up with the wrong crowd you never know what could happen. some people will do anything for a buck

    Answer by shay1130 at 7:44 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • i don't trust anyone..not even some family. i keep very few friends

    Answer by shay1130 at 7:46 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • ok gemgem, maybe you are right, but why does this happen where do all these missing people go to? some go missing for decades and not a hint of what happened...specially with this new technology available where are they? and how do they go missing without a trace?

    Comment by older (original poster) at 7:46 AM on Feb. 8, 2011