Missing person cases in Pennsylvania are a part of a much larger national picture. Every day in the US, adults, adolescents and children are reported missing. To place all of this into perspective, some national and local statistics are necessary:

In 1975, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) started a Missing Person File. Since then, the files have been retained indefinitely until either the person is located or the record is canceled by the initiating agency. As of December 31, 2016, there were 88,040 active missing person cases on record nationally. About 40 percent of those records pertained to missing juveniles under 18 years of age, and about 50 percent accounted for individuals under 21 years of age.  For the calendar year 2016, a total of 647,435 missing person records were entered into NCIC and 644,294 were subsequently purged after the individual was located by police, returned home, or the record was removed after it was determined to be invalid.

During the calendar year 2016, of the almost 650,000 missing person reports filed nationally, 3,141 cases remained open at year’s end. That statistic demonstrates the vast number of cases law enforcement investigates that are successfully closed.

Here are a couple of statistics regarding missing persons in Pennsylvania:

  • To date, a total of approximately 308 active missing person cases in Pennsylvania remain open (http://www.findthemissing.org). (This includes files from 1938 to present.)
  • Of those 308, 109 cases were filed within the past 10 years (through July 31, 2017.)

Posting these statistics can help visualize the scale of this issue, but there are no numbers that can be assigned to grief. It needs to be remembered that with every missing person report filed, there is immeasurable sorrow and angst experienced by loved ones and friends with unanswered questions. If you need help with missing persons in Pennsylvania, Forletta Investigative/Security Consultant can help.

Forletta Investigative/Security Consultant investigates missing person cases in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas. They work alongside police and additional law enforcement agencies, news media, and numerous other organizations that can provide assistance with bloodhounds, drones, and civilian organizers to help families locate their loved one.

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