Over the past 24 hours alone, 4 new #missing teen cases have emerged at one time. Over the past few weeks you may have seen articles about the alarming number of #teenage #girls that have gone #missing out of the #DC area.
On Wednesday, a town meeting was held by city officials to discuss the unusually number of missing children cases. D.C. officials are claiming the number has not drastically increased, but residence beg to differ.
“The number of missing persons reports has remained constant since 2014. What has changed is our way of getting that information out quickly and the tools that we are using to get that out,” Bowser said during Thursday’s news conference. The D.C. mayor is claiming there is no evidence that suggests those reported missing are related to human trafficking.
“The overwhelming majority of our missing persons quickly return home or are located. So far in 2017, 95 percent of our cases have been closed. In 2016, we had almost 1,000 fewer reports of missing persons than we had in 2012,” Newsham said. The official Twitter of the of the department says that there isn’t a jump in missing person cases, its just that social media is being used more to help locate them. Making the cases more known that before.
Hundreds of residents showed up for the town meeting, so many that some had to stand outside the doors.
So far in 2017, there have been 708 missing persons reports filed at Metropolitan Police Department, of which 674 have been closed, and 34 remain open.