In 2002, there were 15,937 active missing person cases in Missouri. Of all missing person cases, 68.3% involved juveniles lingerie costumes and 31.7% involved adults. A number of cases were still not resolved at the end of the year.
Often agencies involved with these cases do not access other agencies from other jurisdictions. Although no current statistics are available, it is assumed that most missing persons are taken outside of their living area. Only 12.8% of missing children were located outside jurisdiction by a law enforcement agency other than the one which originated the report.
Furthermore, this lack of teamwork traumatizes family members and seriously jeopardizes the life of the missing and exploited person. Currently, many states lack resources and services devoted specifically to the missing person and families. One Missing Link attempts to meet the need of this underserved population, by providing assistance and appropriate networking between agencies to reduce the trauma and assist in reuniting the families.
One Missing Link was founded after the apparent abduction of three Springfield women: Stacy McCall, Sherrill Levitt, and Suzie Streeter, missing since June 7, 1992. This organization is funded totally with private donations, contributions, and grants.
One Missing Link, Inc.
|Missing in 2002|
Total missing in Missouri 2002
|Juveniles (17 and under) 68.3% of total missing||10,880|
|Adults 31.7% of missing||5,057|
|Missing Outside of Jurisdiction 2% of total missing||23|
|Stranger Abductions 1.6% of total missing||7|
|Non-Stranger Abductions 1.6% of total missing||174|
|Runaways 63.8% of total missing||6,940|
|Missing by Unknown Reason 10% of total missing||1,089|