For Immediate Release
May 30, 2008
FBI National Press Office
National Crime Information Center Issues Missing Person
and Unidentified Person Statistics for 2007
Assistant Director Thomas E. Bush, III, FBI Criminal Justice
Information Services Division, released the National Crime
Information Center (NCIC) missing person and unidentified
person statistics for 2007. These statistics are derived
from NCIC's Missing Person File, implemented in 1975 and
NCIC's Unidentified Person File, implemented in 1983.
from the report include:
of December 31, 2007, there were 105,229 active missing
person records in NCIC. Juveniles under the age of 18
accounted for 54,648 (51.93 percent) of the records, and
12,362 (11.75 percent) were for juveniles between the
ages of 18 and 20.
2007, 814,967 missing person records were entered into
NCIC, a decrease of 2.53 percent from the 836,131 records
entered in 2006.
person records cleared or canceled during 2007 totaled
2007, there were 518 records entered as Abducted by a
Stranger; 299,787 entered as Runaway; and 2,919 entered
as Abducted by Non-Custodial Parent. This only accounts
for 303,224 entries of the 418,967 entered, or 72.4 percent,
which is an increase from 297,632 entries of the 836,131
entered, or 35.6 percent, in 2006. However, as the Missing
Person Circumstances field is optional and is thus not
an accurate reflection of the actual circumstances of
all the entries.
of December 31, 2007, there were 6,945 unidentified person
records in NCIC. Of the 6,945 active entries, 1,788 (25.75
percent) were entered in 2007. This is up 26.54 percent
from the 1,413 entries made in 2006.
person records entered in 2007 consisted of 1,448 (83.22
percent) deceased unidentified bodies, 23 (1.29 percent)
unidentified catastrophe victims, and 317 (17.73 percent)
living persons who could not ascertain their identity.
were 1,051 unidentified person records canceled or cleared
by the entering agency for reasons such as the remains
being identified or the record being invalid. This was
an 11.31 percent decrease from the 1,185 records canceled
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justice agencies-local, state, and federal-in their mission
to uphold the law and protect the public. The
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