More than 3,100 children were reported missing in Cuyahoga County in 2015.
When Vicki Anderson, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Bureau, thinks about the issue, her mind can’t help but turn to the region’s most high profile case.
Three years ago, the world’s attention was cast on Cleveland, when three women escaped years of captivity inside Ariel Castro’s home on Seymour Avenue.
“We were following up on every lead,” Anderson said, recalling the long search. “We were looking everywhere for those young ladies. We were trying so desperately to find them. We were walking in houses, we were interviewing people, we were all over the place doing that.”
When it comes to investigating the cases of missing children, that’s a plight that may be growing more and more familiar to law enforcement officers across the country and here at home. The amount of reported missing children in Ohio is on the rise.
More than 18,600 missing children reports were filed across the state in 2015, according to the annual overview from the state attorney general’s office released Wednesday.
That’s a slight uptick from 18,097 in 2014.
The majority of those children fell between the ages of 13-17, and more than half of last year’s reported missing kids were girls.
Ninety-seven percent of those children were recovered safely.
There are more than 700 children currently reported missing across the state.
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