The NCMEC repeatedly has quoted the statistic that there are approximately 115 stranger abductions annually in the U.S. These are the most serious, long-term non-family abduction often referred to as “stereotypical kidnappings.
In this article from the Mercury News, they provided these statistic for California concerning stranger abductions. If the NCMEC statistics are accurate, does California account for approximately 30% of all stranger abductions nationwide? At one time there may have been a reported child last year, but there are no missing children listed at the NCMEC in California between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2008 under the Case Type: Non-Family Abduction. Were they all found or are their disappearance categorized within other Case Types?
Missing Children Reports in California, 2008
Parental/Family Abduction: 1,363
Stranger Abduction: 35
Suspicious Circumstances: 417 (may indicate stranger abduction)
Unknown circumstances: 3,975
Source: California Department of Justice