The success is lower with teenagers over 12 years of age. Since January until the end of April this year, the Judiciária has already received 247 complaints about disappearances, and at the moment, 32 cases are still under investigation, which means they haven’t been found yet.
Such is the case of Pamela Matias dos Santos, now aged 18, who has been missing since September 2007. And Maria Armanda Varela, aged 16, missing for over 6 months. Álvaro Neto, also aged 16, with unknown whereabouts since the beginning of the year.
Missing children since May 2007
Sara Sofia Lopes dos Santos is aged 3 and has been missing since the beginning of the year, in the Algarve area, where she lived. It’s a possible parental abduction, as the authorities suspect that she has been taken by her mother.
On the Polícia Judiciária’s website she is now the only missing child since Maddie’s disappearance.
The success is especially visible in the Lisbon region. Since the 3rd of May 2007, 131 children disappeared but all were found, safe and sound.
What changed since the Maddie case? The process of Maddie’s disappearance was archived less than one year ago.
source: SIC, 12.05.2009