Cleveland Case Aftermath: More Longterm Missing Persons Being Recovered


Monday’s discovery of three Cleveland women who were missing for more than a decade underscores that families should never give up hope they’ll find loved ones, say missing children’s advocates quoted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It really confirms my belief that you should never give up hope,” said National Center for Missing and Exploited Children co-founder John Walsh. “You look for your missing child until you know what happened to them.” National Center CEO John Ryan, called it “very unusual” that there were three offenders and three victims at the same crime scene, though he said that abductors often take elaborate precautions to hide their victims in plain sight. Ryan said about 80 percent of the more than 800,000 children who are reported missing each year are runaways and about 115 cases turn out to be stranger abductions. He stressed that runaways’ disappearances shouldn’t be treated lightly because they are vulnerable and subject to attacks from predators. He said there seems to be an uptick in the recovery of longterm missing persons because “law enforcement is staying engaged and is truly reviewing these cases as time passes.”

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