Missing

A missing person is a person who has disappeared for usually unknown reasons.

Missing persons’ photographs may be posted on bulletin boards, milk cartons, postcards, and websites, along with a phone number to be contacted if a sighting has been made.

People disappear for many reasons. Some individuals choose to disappear alone; most of these soon return. Reasons for non-identification may include:

  • To escape child abuse, such as child physical abuse, emotional abuse, by a parent / parents / guardian / guardians / sibling / siblings especially.
  • Leaving home to live somewhere else under a new identity.
  • Becoming the victim of kidnapping.
  • Abduction (of a minor) by a non-custodial parent or other relative.
  • Seizure by government officials without due process of law.
  • Suicide in a remote location or under an assumed name (to spare their families the suicide at home, or to allow their deaths to be eventually declared in absentia).
  • Victim of murder (body disguised, destroyed, or hidden).

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