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If Your Child Is Missing
Act immediately if you believe that
your child is missing.
If your child is
missing from home, search the house checking closets, piles of
laundry, in and under beds, inside old refrigerators—wherever a
child may crawl or hide.
If you still cannot
find your child, immediately call your
local law-enforcement agency.
If your child
disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security
office. Then immediately call your
local law-enforcement agency. Many stores have a Code
Adam plan of action--if a child is missing in the store,
employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
When you call law
enforcement, provide your child's name, date of birth, height,
weight, and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and
braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing
and what clothing he or she was wearing.
Request that your
child's name and identifying information be immediately entered
into the National Crime Information
Center (NCIC) Missing Person File.
After you have
reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the
National Center for Missing & Exploited
Children toll free
Adapted from Just in Case...Missing. Copyright © 1985
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). All