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To date two such studies have been completed. The first National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-1) was released in 1990, and the second, known as NISMART-2, was released in October 2002. According to NISMART-2 research, which studied the year 1999, an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing; 58,200 children were abducted by nonfamily members; 115 children were the victims of the most serious, long-term nonfamily abductions called "stereotypical kidnappings"; and 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
Originally posted by Rasputin13
Why don't you just tell us what YOUR opinion is regarding these missing children is! I'm wondering if you even have one, or if you're just looking for answers and haven't really decided on a theory yet.
Originally posted by Essan
Just because they were reported as missing, doesn't meam they weren't subsequently found
But I'd guess the majority were teenagers running away from home for one reason or another.