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When children go missing, parents panic. In the vast majority of these instances the children are quickly found and there was no foul play involved. Of the 25,000 cases or so every year where children go missing for extended periods of time, the vast majority are runaways. Less than 1% of these are suspected abductions by strangers.

When a child is abducted by a stranger, however, things seldom turn out well. In fact, we’ve all been inundated with the statistic that most are dead within 6 hours of being abducted. But there are a few happy endings here and there. Here are some of those miraculous stories:

4-year-old found alive after campsite abduction

In Australia, a 4-year-old girl was abducted from her family’s tent during a camping trip. After an 18 day search, she was found “alive and well.” She was found after police raided a house in Carnarvon, the same town where the girl lived with her family. A 36-year-old man who had no connection to the family was arrested in her abduction. (The Week, Nov. 12, 2021, p. 9)

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Visit www.keepyourchildsafe.org for tips and resources on how to protect your child from abductions. 

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