Read some National Center for Missing & Exploited Children recovery stories of children who were missing from care.
Social Worker's Concern Leads to Recovery of Teen Trafficked by Boyfriend
NCMEC was contacted by a concerned social worker regarding a teen she suspected of being a victim of child sex trafficking. The youth had been previously listed with NCMEC and safely located after being missing for a few months. At the time, the juvenile courts had allowed the youth to be placed in the custody of her boyfriend. After the recovery and placement, the youth’s social worker became suspicious of the boyfriend and was worried that she was being offered commercially for sexual purposes. Upon receiving this information, NCMEC's Case Management Team immediately began coordinating resources between NCMEC's Child Sex Trafficking Team analysts and law enforcement. NCMEC's CSTT Program Specialist immediately began providing technical assistance and resources in the local area for the social worker. The teen was safely recovered by officers and placed in a shelter from where her social worker picked her up. The youth disclosed to agents the activities of the past two months, while separately her boyfriend confessed to being involved in sexual trafficking the teen.
NCMEC's Analytical Support Assists in Locating Teen Missing from Foster Home
A youth went missing from his foster home after he had been under the custody of the state for many years. His mother's parental rights had been terminated due to issues of neglect. It was strongly believed by social services that the child's step-father had picked him up and taken him to an unknown location to live with his mother. NCMEC's Case Management Team worked with social services and law enforcement to determine the best action for the case. New information was developed with the NCMEC analyst and provided to law enforcement which was able to locate the missing teen.
NCMEC Poster Helps Find Teen Missing from Group Home
A youth ran away from her group home. Both NCMEC and law enforcement were familiar with the youth from prior reports listing her as missing. Upon receiving the case, NCMEC's Case Management Team began coordinating services with law enforcement and the youth’s social worker, which included the creation and distribution of the youth’s poster. NCMEC's Call Center later received a tip from an individual who recognized the youth from a missing flyer. The case manager was immediately notified of the lead and forwarded the information to the investigating officer. The following day, the teen was successfully found by police at the address provided in the lead and safely returned to her group home.
NCMEC Poster and Walmart Customer Help Locate Teen Missing from Group Home in Mexico
A youth went missing from her group home. NCMEC and the police were familiar with the youth since she had been previously listed with both agencies. The teen had recently been located by authorities attempting to enter the US from Mexico at an international border crossing. Upon discovering that she had gone missing again, police detectives and NCMEC's Case Management Team immediately suspected that the youth had returned to Mexico, where it was believed she was being commercially sexually exploited. NCMEC received a lead from a caller who recognized the youth from a NCMEC poster featured at the local Walmart store. The caller had seen her the previous week while visiting a small resort town in Mexico. Upon receiving the tip, Case Management Team coordinated with law enforcement. Within days of receiving the lead, NCMEC received confirmation that the teen had been safely located and recovered by Mexican officials thanks to the lead information provided by NCMEC.