If Your Child Goes Missing


What to do:     
  •  If your child is missing from home, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside large appliances, and inside vehicles, including trunks—wherever a child may crawl or hide.
  •    If you still cannot find your child, immediately call your local law enforcement agency.If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager orsecurity office. Then immediately call your local law-enforcementagency. Many stores have a CodeAdam plan of action— if a child is missing in the store, employeesimmediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
  • When you call law enforcement, provide your child’s name, date ofbirth, height, weight, and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglassesand braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing andwhat clothing he or she was wearing.
  • Request that your child’s name and identifying information beimmediately entered into the NationalCrime InformationCenter (NCIC)Missing Person File.
  • After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement,call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) ontheir toll-free telephone number: 1-800-THE-LOST(1-800-843-5678). Or you can use their LiveHotline to talk toNCMEC through their web site: www.missingkids.com.


Credit: Just in Case…Missing.Copyright© 1985 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(NCMEC).

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