National Missing Children’s Day, May 25th

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National Missing Children’s Day, May 25th

May 25th is designated as National Missing Children’s Day. Many people across the nation will spread the word to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and remember those who are still missing.On this date in 1979, six year old Etan Patz disappeared on his way to school in Lower Manhattan. It was his first time to walk two blocks to catch the school bus, but he never made it to the bus. His parents never moved or changed their phone number in case he returned. His body was never found and he was legally declared dead in 2001. Etan’s father who was a professional photographer used photographs he had taken of his son in attempts to locate him. Etan’s picture was even seen  on screens in Time Square.

Because of the large amount of media coverage given to Etan’s disappearance and to that of Adam Walsh in 1981, the formation of the missing children’s movement became a reality, and the date Etan disappeared was designated as National Missing Children’s Day in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.

The movement has increased the public’s awareness of child abduction and its devastating consequences. Etan Patz was the first child to be seen on a milk carton as a missing child. Last year, 33 years after Etan’s disappearance, his alleged abductor was found and arrested. The case is now set to go to trial.

May 25th is a day to raise awareness for every child’s safety, to honor the memory of missing children, and to thank the professionals and volunteers who spend countless hours searching for those missing kids. At Owens Investigations and as parents ourselves, our hearts go out to each of the families who are presently missing a child.  If you have children at home, spend a few extra moments this week and especially on May25th hugging your kids and talking with them about ways to stay safer.


Karol is the Director of Community Relations and Social Media for Owens Investigations.



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