It’s estimated that around 800,000 children are reported missing each and every year. Thankfully, most of these children return home safely. But what about those who never return? For the loved ones left behind, the not knowing must be unimaginable. In this article, we shall look at five cases of missing children.
Michaela Joy Garecht, 9, was abducted from the front of a store in Hayward, California, on 19 November, 1988, by a young man with long blonde hair. She still hasn’t been found and her abductor still remains unidentified.
5-year-old Regina Mae Armstrong was abducted from outside her babysitter’s apartment in broad daylight.
Britney Beers, 6, disappeared while sitting on a bench in front of the apartment where she lived in Sturgis, Michigan, in 1997. A history of sexual abuse and neglect was then uncovered. She hasn’t been seen since.
Jessica Lunsford, 9, was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida, on the 24th of February, 2005.
On the 7th of July, 8-year-old Graeme Thorne was abducted in Bondi, Australia. His abduction was the first of it’s kind in Australia and ultimately led to a change in lottery winning procedures in the country.
Throughout much of the 20th century, child abduction for ransom was aimed at the children of wealthy families. One of these cases was the abduction of 6-year-old Bobby Greenlease.
14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf was abducted and held hostage in an underground bunker by a sex offender.