(Reuters) – A 13-year-old Wisconsin woman who escaped her captor this week almost three months after her mother and father had been killed and she or he was kidnapped has drawn worldwide headlines, however abductions of youngsters by strangers stay uncommon, in accordance with U.S. information.
On common, fewer than 350 individuals below the age of 21 have been kidnapped by strangers in america per yr since 2010, the FBI says. From 2010 by way of 2017, the latest information accessible, the quantity has ranged from a low of 303 in 2016 to a excessive of 384 in 2011 with no clear directional development.
That makes instances like that of Jayme Closs, who was found by a girl strolling her canine after she escaped captivity on Thursday, extremely unusual. A 21-year-old man was arrested afterward Thursday and charged with kidnapping Closs and capturing her mother and father.
Lots of of 1000’s of juveniles are reported lacking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation annually. The circumstances of the disappearance is barely recorded about half the time, however in instances the place they’re, solely 0.1 p.c are reported as having been kidnapped by a stranger. The overwhelming majority, usually greater than 95 p.c, ran away.
The FBI information doesn’t report what number of reported abductions are confirmed as precise kidnappings.
“It would not occur fairly often, however they’re definitely the instances that seize our consideration as a result of they strike at our worst fears,” Robert Lowery, a vice chairman on the Nationwide Middle for Lacking & Exploited Kids (NCMEC), stated in a phone interview.
In instances the place youngsters are kidnapped, it’s much more frequent for a non-custodial dad or mum to be the kidnapper: This was reported 2,359 occasions in 2017, the FBI information confirmed.
A U.S. Justice Division research in 2002 reported that 99.eight p.c of youngsters reported lacking had been discovered alive.
The NCMEC says that abductions by strangers are the rarest kind of instances of lacking youngsters. Strangers are most probably to try to abduct a toddler as they head to or from faculty, the middle stated.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Modifying by Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis)