In collaboration with other determined individuals, we are now dedicating a portion of our website to Missing Persons. Our Mission at Addison's Aid is to provide resources, care, and community. It would be negligent for us to not shine a much needed light on the issue that is missing persons. This site will update monthly through the effort of numerous individuals that share our mission.
We have divided posters by Zone. Zone 1 includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Zone 2 includes Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Zone 3 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Zone 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, District of Columbia, and West Virginia. Zone 5 includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Zone 6 includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Zone 7 includes Puerto Rico.
Information presented below is taken in part from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. You can find resources to learn how to help or bring attention to your community by clicking HERE.
There are many reasons children go missing. Some run away, some wander away, some are abducted, and some we may not ever know. The facts are there is a shortage of agencies assisting missing persons cases. Some municipalities will write off a missing teen as a runaway while other agencies simply don't have the funding to dedicate to this epidemic.
We are often consumed in our personal lives or our personal technology. There are many instances where we go for a walk and look at our phones the entire time. We aren't here to tell you to be on watch 24/7. However, we are here to show you the faces of reported missing individuals and alert you to their descriptions and last known whereabouts. Many cases of missing children have been solved by people just like you. People who left their homes to go to work and saw a familiar face at the bus stop or the coffee shop only to find out later that person has been missing for months.
In the event a child runs away from home, they are no less important than any other case. The moment a child leaves their home by choice or by coercion they are statistically in more danger. Online enticement is a contributing factor to missing children. A person may feel unsafe at home and look for a way out. Unfortunately, this is often by older individuals who don't have that persons best interest in mind, but are looking to gain control of a vulnerable person. With the rise in social media apps, it is not uncommon for child sex trafficking to start with someone appearing to save that child from a bad home life.
Unfortunately, there are cases where an individual will not return home. There have been and will always be "bad" people in the world. However, with the public's assistance, we can bring justice to these cases. If you know someone who starts acting differently and you believe they may have had access to a missing person, please do not hesitate to share your concerns with your local law enforcement agencies if possible.
It is not enough to look at these flyers and move on with our day. We all have the luxury of doing that. Inversely, there are families out there that are torn apart by the disappearance of their child or their friend and it is our duty as humans to bring justice and peace wherever we can. Share these flyers or submit your own by filling out the contact form below and attaching your image(s).
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