Each year, 800,000 children are reported missing in America, including some who are lost, injured, have run away from home or are abducted, according to the center, the nation’s leading clearinghouse of information about missing children.
As of December 31, 2019, the National Crime Information Center had nearly 87,500 active missing person records.
Youth under the age of 18 account for 35 percent of the records, and 44 percent of the missing person records are people under 21.
Missing person records are retained indefinitely—unless a missing individual is located or the reporting agency cancels the entry. During 2019, law enforcement agencies across the country entered more than 609,000 missing person records.
During the same time period, reporting agencies canceled more than 607,000 records.
While the fear of being kidnapped may persist for one’s entire life, in 2019 the number of missing persons under the age of 21 was much higher than those 21 and over, with 235,367 females under 21 reported missing, and 62,823 females over the age of 21 reported missing.
In a new series, we will highlight three missing person files from the FBI, to keep these names and faces out in the public domain. Under each profile, there are anonymous tip links and field office contacts.
CHRISTINE MARIE EASTIN
January 18, 1971
Christine Marie Eastin went missing from Hayward, California, on January 18, 1971. She left her home at 10:00 p.m. to go to the car wash and then pick up her friend at the local Jack in the Box restaurant.
She never arrived to pick up her friend. The vehicle she drove was found at a car wash located at 25400 Mission Boulevard in Hayward. Her purse was locked inside the vehicle. Christine was last seen wearing a black/brown leather coat, black boots, blue slacks, a red, white, and blue pinstriped tunic, and a bluish gold scarf.
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ALEXIS TIARA MURPHY
August 3, 2013
Alexis was last seen wearing a pink blouse, floral print (full-length) spandex pants, and brown boots and was carrying a dark and light-colored grey purse. She was traveling in a white 2003 Nissan Maxima GLE SE with Virginia license plates WYN-3706, which was located on August 6, 2013, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Alexis Murphy was last seen at approximately 7:15 p.m. on August 3, 2013, in Lovingston, Virginia.
Submit a Tip:
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Alexis Tiara Murphy should contact the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 263-7050. You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
WESLEY DALE MORGAN
May 15, 2001
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the location of Wesley Dale Morgan.
Wesley Dale Morgan has been missing from his home in Clinton, Louisiana, since May 15, 2001. Morgan, who was a toddler at that time, was reportedly last seen playing on the front porch of his home at approximately 9:45 that Tuesday morning.