NATIONAL MISSING PERSONS DAY
On February 3, National Missing Persons Day focuses the attention of the country long enough to recognize a missing person.
It might be surprising to learn that every day in the United States, approximately 2,300 people are reported missing. For those who make the report and wait at home for their loved one or are actively looking for them, those numbers no longer surprise them.
When such a large part of our lives is missing it leaves a profound void. It’s not a fillable space. Those who have experienced it, those who report 2,300 missing people per day, know.
Everyone has a friend, mother, sibling, child, neighbor or coworker they see every day. No one expects to have them mysteriously and with no explanation to disappear from their lives. It’s a challenging thought to contemplate, which is why it’s often hard to attract the attention of those unfamiliar with the missing person to become involved.
We often think it won’t happen to us. When a person goes missing, it can be an adult as often as it is a child. Women disappear more than men and seniors are at risk, too. Health risks, natural disasters, unplanned circumstances and of course, those who are taken against their will fall into the list of statistics. They can all apply to us.
According to the 2016 National Crime Information Center’s stastics, there were 88,040 active missing person records.
The families of those who go missing, neighbors and friends need our support to continue the search, to keep getting the word out. At the same time, make a plan for your own family by taking simple steps to be educated and aware is important, too.
Fortunately, in today’s digital world it’s easier than ever. National Missing Persons Day encourages you to be alert, share their names, their pictures and bring them home to their families.
HOW TO OBSERVE
For every missing person, support their families by being alert, sharing their information, their pictures and bring them home. Visit these websites for more ways to help, find resources and tools in your area.
Use #NationalMissingPersonsDay to share on social media.
Jo Ann Lowitzer founded National Missing Persons Day to provide increased awareness of the needs of the missing. Her daughter, Alexandria, went missing in 2010. Continued alertness and awareness improve the chances of returning loved ones to their families.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Missing Persons Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.