At Least 38 Kids Are Still Missing This Year In New York State
All across the United States of America children go missing.
Those kids go missing for various reasons. Sometimes they run away, get lost while traveling, and others are taken away by a stranger or family member.
Regardless of the reason, any child missing from home is a tragedy for the individual kid and the family that is missing them.
As of the most current information posted by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there are at least 38 children who had been reported missing this year and still have not been found or returned home.
That data also shows that 60 of New York's 62 counties have reported at least 1 missing child, and while that number has been decreasing in recent years, one missing child is one too many. In 2020, there were more than 11,000 reports of missing children filed across the state, and the vast majority of those cases were reported from outside of New York City.
Albany County has the highest per capita rate of missing children at 11.4 per 1,000 children, while Yates County has the lowest per capita rate at 0.2 per 1,000 children.
The state partners with the National Missing Persons Clearinghouse to help show us a clearer picture of how many adults and children go missing every year.
Check out this list of children that were reported missing in 2022 that are still missing in New York. If you know of or have seen any of them, please let the proper authorities know. You can submit a lead electronically to New York State officials right here on their website, or you can call the National Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3543.