The disappearance of two Milwaukee boys appears to defy stereotypical kidnappings and other common crimes against children, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The fact that two boys, 11 and 12, vanished together during daylight hours and haven’t been found more than two weeks later is extremely unusual, experts say. Of the more than 660,000 children reported missing in 2005, mosty are classified as “benign explanation,” meaning there was some type of miscommunication or other short-term circumstance that is quickly resolved. Runaways make up the next biggest group.
Milwaukee’s Quadrevion Henning and Purvis Virginia Parker don’t fit characteristics for typical runaways. They are slightly younger than the usual runaway. Neither has a history of runaway attempts. Both have good school attendance records. They left their homes – blocks apart – on March 19 with no money, extra clothing, or other items to help them survive away from home. Although kidnappings by strangers grab media attention, they account for only a tiny fraction of missing children cases. Just 115 of nearly 800,000 cases in 1999 were victims of the most serious, long-term stranger abductions, says the 2002 National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children report. “The motive is usually sexual assault,” said David Finkelhor of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Finkelhor said that in the Milwaukee case, “It’s possible the offender kidnapped both, killed one and molested the other.” Family abductions make up nearly half of missing children cases.