«Kate and Gerry McCann said today: “Once again this shows that children can sometimes disappear off the radar only to be found years later alive.
“It emphasises that we should never assume that someone is not alive without any evidence to support this. We should never give up
“This case only makes us more determined to find Madeleine. She is out there somewhere and somebody knows where.” »
«The parents of Rothley girl Madeleine McCann have said the reappearance of a girl missing in California for 18 years has given them renewed hope.
Gerry and Kate McCann's spokesman said the news about Jaycee Lee Dugard gave them hope Madeleine would be found.»
«Clarence Mitchell said: "They are extremely pleased. It strengthens their determination never to stop looking for Madeleine."»
* «Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, added: "Jaycee's case underlines statistics which say the younger a child is when she is taken, the more likely she is to be cared for and kept alive over an extended period."»
from teletext, mirror , breakingnews.iol.ie & * mirror [28.08.09]
From Polly Klaas Foundation [US]
99.8% of the children who go missing do come home.
- Nearly 90% of missing children have simply misunderstood directions or miscommunicated their plans, are lost, or have run away.
- 9% are kidnapped by a family member in a custody dispute.
- 3% are abducted by non-family members, usually during the commission of a crime such as robbery or sexual assault. The kidnapper is often someone the child knows.
- Only about 100 children (a fraction of 1%) are kidnapped each year in the stereotypical stranger abductions you hear about in the news.
- About have of these 100 children come home.
Additionally, in 1997 the Attorney General of Washington State conducted a study focussing on missing child murders.
The most important information pertains to children who were kidnapped by violent or predatory abductors (approximately 1 in every 10,000 reports of a missing child -- about 100 US children per year.) For these children, "in 74 percent of the cases the victims were dead within three hours after abduction."
This information supports current law enforcement procedures to immediatly launch a widespread search for a missing child, in case the kidnapping is one in that small group. But it is incorrect to assume that 74% of all kidnapped children are at risk of being killed if not found within 3 hours.
You can download the Executive Summary of that report here in PDF format, Abduction - Homicide Study
More Information on Missing Child statistics at NMEC
Find The Kids : Missing child statistics PDF