CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Local, state, and federal officials are making an effort to identify children easier if they ever go missing.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are currently 600 kids missing in Ohio. Approximately 800,000 kids reported missing each year in the country, 19,902 were reported missing in Ohio alone in 2016. Most of the kids reported missing are either family abductions or runaways. Other kids could be abducted.
According to Ohio Attorney Genera Mike DeWine's office:
In 2016, children reported missing were in these age categories:
- 0 to 5 years old – 149
- 6 to 12 years old – 1,153
- 13 to 17 years old – 18,600
Police are set up Thursday at several area locations, including Zone Recreation Center, where parents and children can get a free child ID kit and talk to police about way to improve kids' safety. The ID kits include a way to fingerprint your children without ink. They also have a description card that can be filled out for a child, with a place to map out body scars, birthmarks, or other physical features.
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