COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Monday, May 25 marks National Missing Children’s Day in Ohio.
Attorney General Mike DeWine released a report that documents an unsettling number of children reported missing.
The Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse Report says 18,097 Ohio children were reported missing in 2014.
17,826 were safely brought home leaving 271 still missing.
“Right now, hundreds of children are missing in Ohio and we must never stop asking questions, never quit pursuing leads, and never give up the search,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We will never give up hope and we will never forget.”
Most children reported missing are between the ages of 13 and 17 with 16, 949 reports made.
1,000 6 to 12-year-olds were reported missing and 148 in the 0 to 5-year-old range.
A balloon launch was held in honor of the children Friday in Columbus. The postal service also unveiled a new stamp to raise awareness.