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11/22/06

Images of Kidnapped and Missing Persons

At a time of year when families traditionally gather to give thanks for what they have, keep in mind that seats at some tables will be empty this holiday season. Across the country, investigations continue in scores of kidnapping and missing persons cases. About 797,500 kids are reported missing each year, although most are found safe. Missing adults, too, account for a fair number of kidnapping and missing persons cases.

As recently as November 8, Coreen Faye Wiese, 15, of Buxton, Maine went missing. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Seven months earlier, on April 23, Analyce Guerra, 2, disappeared from her Smyrna, Tennessee home in the middle of the night.

On April 15, 2005, Ray Frank Gricar, 61, called his girlfriend and told her he was going to go for a drive along state Route 192 in Penns Valley, Pennsylvania. He was reported missing when he didn’t return. His car turned up in a parking lot a day later but he has not been seen since his disappearance. Nita Mayo, 65, left her home in Hawthorne, Nevada, for a one-day shopping trip on August 8, 2005; she never returned and hasn’t been seen since.

Their circumstances are all different, but their stories share a common theme—a day like any other, followed by their sudden disappearance. Take a moment to look at their pictures and read their stories. You may have seen one of them or you may have been in the area when they disappeared. If you recognize any of them, contact your local FBI office. You may unknowingly hold the clue that will give investigators the break they need.

- Kidnapping and Missing Persons Investigations

- Parental Kidnappings

- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Related Links : FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Teams | Crimes Against Children Stories | FBI’s Crimes Against Children page