Missing Child Program


Missing Child Program Information for Parents


The clearinghouse documented 19,014 people missing in 2021 – 2,506 fewer than the year before. Of those, 14,027 were reports of missing children – 7,521 females, 6,504 males, and two cases where the sex was unknown. Authorities reported that 97% – a total of 13,606 children – were recovered safely by year’s end. Open-source data revealed that six children reported missing were found deceased in 2021. The report details all missing person entries for which circumstances were specified:


  • 8,366 cases involved a runaway, where a child left a home without permission and stays away overnight.
  • 51 cases involved abduction from a noncustodial parent, where a parent, other family member or another person acting on behalf of a parent keeps or conceals a child depriving another individual of custody or visitation rights.
  • 11 cases involved abduction by a stranger.
  • 214 cases involved missing adults between the ages of 18 and 21.
  • The complete report can be accessed at Ohio Attorney General’s website: 2021-Missing-Children-Clearinghouse.aspx (ohioattorneygeneral.gov)



  • In 2011, the Ohio Missing Persons Unit (MPU) was relocated to better coordinate and convey information about services related to missing children and adults. 
  • The MPU has a toll-free hotline, 800-325-5604, to field calls from law enforcement, parents, community members, and the media. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
  • The MPU‟s website, www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/MissingPersons is also available to provide visibility for missing person cases and as a central location for families and the public seeking resources and guidance



  • Under State’s “Missing Child Law”, parents or guardians must notify the school by the morning of any school day their child is not attending. 
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