AG: 700 children missing in Ohio

AG: 700 children missing in Ohio
Tierra Bryant was last seen on Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights on March 30, 2015 (Source: Family)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - As part of National Missing Children's Day today, Ohio's Attorney General released the 2015 Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse Report, which documents that 18,688 children were reported missing in Ohio in 2015.

Authorities reported that 97 percent of those children were recovered safely.


 "Protecting Ohio's families and children is the mission that drives everything we do in the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and all of us have a role to play in making sure missing kids return home safely," said Attorney General DeWine. "The safe recovery of a missing child requires coordination and a quick response among agencies as well as critical help and input from the public." 

Children reported missing were in these age categories:

  • 0 to 5 years old - 156
  • 6 to 12 years old - 1,097
  • 13 to 17 years old - 17,435

The clearinghouse also documented 17 attempted child abductions involving 13 girls and eight boys. The suspects were driving vehicles in 98 percent of the situations, and 36 percent of the incidents occurred while the children were walking to or from school.
There were 12 AMBER Alerts and 17 Endangered Missing Child Alerts issued in 2015. All of these children were recovered safely.

There are currently more than 700 children listed as missing in Ohio.

The Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse was established by the Ohio General Assembly in 1993 as a central repository for statistics and information about missing children in the state.

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