AC360 411: Hope in the search for missing children
May 8th, 2013
07:10 PM ET

AC360 411: Hope in the search for missing children

Editor’s Note: Tonight Anderson Cooper will be reporting live from Cleveland with the latest developments on the three long-missing women who were found alive in a home on the city’s west side.

Two of the three women who were rescued from a Cleveland home after being held captive for years returned to their own homes today. Amanda Berry and her 6-year-old daughter, who was born in captivity, heard cheers from the crowd that gathered to celebrate her return. A few hours later, a similar scene played out at Gina DeJesus’ home, where several family members stepped up to a microphone in front of the residence. Gina’s mother, Nancy, shared what she did when she was first reunited with her daughter. “I grabbed her and hugged her. I didn’t want to let go,” she said. “I still feel as if it is a dream. I still pinch myself.” A third women rescued, Michelle Knight, remains hospitalized. The rescue of these three women gives hope to families all across America searching for a loved one.

Here’s the AC360 411 on missing children:

  • 32,225 The number of active missing person records for children 18 and under in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, as of Dec. 31, 2012.
  • 8,729 The number of open cases in the Missing Persons Database run by the Department of Justice.
  • 80 The percentage of children reported missing who are runaways.
  • 115 The number of cases each year that are stranger abductions.
  • 97.7 The percentage of children found by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, up from 62 percent in 1996
  • 642 The number of children that have been found through an AMBER Alert, since it started in 1996.
  • 75 The percentage of stranger abduction victims who are killed in the first 3 hours, according to FBI.
  • 1-800-THE-LOST The toll-free phone number for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children where you can report information on missing children.
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Doris Nezbeth

    Hooray for Anderson Cooper!! Sylvia Brown not only has no shame, but also, no heart and no soul. She is just another kind of monster, one who preys on the broken-hearted.

    May 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  2. anne

    Just saw Shawn Hornbeck on Anderson's show. Shawn, you said that you arent doing anything special, just working and paying your bills. Please give yourself more credit! You are an amazing example! You survived! Give yourself some credit.

    May 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
  3. Corrine rempas

    For ten years,why didn't the buildings department check the property out.I have witnessed residents .being bothered,for there grass not getting cut for months.let alone boarded.on the 2010 census did anything stand out,any red flags.

    May 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm |