“These people disappear right in the midst of many others,
and nobody ever sees them leave.”
- David Paulides, Founder CanAm Missing Project and Missing 411 Investigator
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July 28, 2017 Denver, Colorado - The New York City Police Department has a Missing Persons Squad dedicated to searching for people. Last year, more than 13,000 were reported missing in New York City.
ABC's Nightline did a news feature about the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that has had reports as high as 2,000 missing young people a day. Of those, about 115 children each year fall into the “stranger abduction” cases.
Last year of 2016, the National Center reported it had some 20,500 cases of missing children. 90% were endangered runaways; 6% were family abductions; 2% were young adults ages 18 to 20; 1% were lost, injured or missing children; and 1% were non-family abduction. It's in that small 1% category that there are mysterious cases with characteristics like David Paulides's 411 Missing profile. But David's statistics show that most of the missing people he investigates disappeared near — and sometimes reappear dead — near large bodies of water.
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