In this article from the Korea Times, “Missing Child Search Costs $570,000“, it doesn’t mention rewards that may be offered but does cover some tangible and intangible costs. At the current exchange rate, 1 USD = 1403.8 KRW (Korean Won).
By Kim Tae-jong
It takes about 570 million won ($570,000) and 840 days on average to find a missing child if the disappearance lasts more than one year, a report showed, Monday.
The Child Fund analyzed 2,207 missing children cases reported since 1986 that took more than one year to return the child home.
The average cost includes 28 million won for advertisements, 12 million won for transportation and lodging fees and 14 million won for psychiatric treatment.
In addition, some 500 million won is spent indirectly, the civic group said, citing the parents’ loss of income during their search.
But the loss from a missing child can be much higher if considering disputes or sacrifices such as the divorce of the parents, renunciation of further pregnancies or less affection to siblings, it said.
Does it make you curious about the costs associated with finding a missing child in the U.S.? The figures aren’t readily available. The news headlines will mention rewards but the articles seldom, if ever, outline actual search costs.
The NCMEC receives approximatley $30 million in Federal Funding but it is difficult to determine from their annual report how much is actually spent on missing children as opposed to fighting cyber crime.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s®(NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
There are two offices located in south Florida’s east and west coasts (Naples and Lake Park). How active these offices are in the searches for Adji Desir or Haleigh Cummings is unclear as NCMEC/Florida is descibed as the central point for NCMEC child-protection education and prevention.
Leonard Padilla had offered a $25,000 reward if Haleigh Cummings was returned by midnight Saturday February 14th assuming she was abducted.
In the disappearance of Adji Desir, there is a reward of $23,000 from multiple sources being offered for information leading to his recovery.
A $50,000 reward for Kara Kopetsky soon to end on February 17th for the missing Belton, Mo. teenager.
At one time there was a $225,000 reward for information that would help find Caylee Anthony.
In the missing case of Dominick Arceneaux, is a reward being offered?
Update: Andre Arceneaux, Dominick’s father:
“My family, my in-laws and friends from all over the United State, since I’m in the military, we all got stuff set up, setting up to where we can raise a $15,000 reward, if we can pull in more, we’re gonna do more.”
These rewards don’t include the costs of searching for the child. The news media will discuss the number of volunteers or charitable organizations involved but not the actual costs incurred by the communities. In the case of an AMBER Alert being issued, the law enforcement costs are rarely made available in terms of resources utilized except in cases where it may be determined to be based on false information and even then they simply provide estimates of a few thousand dollars.
In May 2007, three-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing from her hotel bedroom in Portugal while her 2-year-old twin siblings slept nearby. She remains missing.
In addition to the money spent by the fund for search efforts, UK police reveal Madeleine bill has exceeded $787,475. It isn’t clear if it includes the costs of the Portuguese Police investigations.
The hunt for Madeleine McCann cost Leicestershire Police more than £500,000, it has been revealed.
Madeleine was aged almost four when she vanished from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, in May 2007.
Published reports indicate the Find Madeleine fund raised nearly £2 million in donations between May 2007 and March 2008.
- £815,000 on the search $1,162,956
- £111,522 for legal costs $159,135
- £123,573 for campaign management $176,331
- £250,000 on private detectives $356,735
Update 05-28-09: According to the Palatka Daily News:
Putnam County Florida commissioners have approved the transfer of $164,729 to the sheriff’s office budget from several grants, including $35,000 from the state to help defray costs associated with the search for Haleigh Cummings, a 5-year-old Satsuma girl who disappeared on Feb. 10.
Arrests made, rewards paid