-Nearly 90 percent of missing children have simply misunderstood directions , or miscommunication their plans, are lost, or have run away.
-9 percent have been kidnapped by a family member in a custody dispute.
-3 percent are abducted by non-family members, usually during the commission of a crime such as robbery or sexual assault. The kidnapper is often someone the child knows.
-About 100 children (a fraction of 1 percent) are kidnapped each year in the stereotypical stranger abductions you hear about in the news.
And about half of them come home.
About 99.8 percent of the children who go missing do come home.*
*National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Throwaway Children, 2002, U.S. Department of Justice.