The city of Cleveland, Ohio has been on high alert for the past month after an alarming number of children vanished. The city currently has a total of 56 active missing children cases dating back a number of years. The new, active, cases account for MORE THAN HALF of the total cases.
Cleveland police said 27 kids have been reported missing between May 2 and May 16, as Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy warns that the disappearances have reached unprecedented levels in 2023. All of the children are reported as being between the ages of 12 and 17 years-old.
“There’s always peaks and valleys with missing persons, but this year it seems like an extraordinary year,” Majoy, who serves as the board president of the Cleveland Missing nonprofit group, told Fox News.
“For some reason, in 2023, we’ve seen a lot more than we normally see, which is troubling in part because we don’t know what’s going on with some of these kids, whether they’re being trafficked or whether they’re involved in gang activity or drugs.”
The police believe that there may be even more children missing. There's also a shortage of information about the missing children. Not every child received an Amber Alert or has an available photo. Even while researching this case, we were hard pressed to find names, photos and information on these children.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also has limited information on the children with only a few missing children from Cleveland.
Sylvia Colon, who founded Cleveland Missing after her teenage cousin was abducted in 2004, urged families to take these cases seriously and to work through the trauma of disappearances to save runaway and kidnapped children.
“Every family’s experience is different, but there are some things that are the same for everybody,” Colon told reporters.
Cleveland news anchors have admitted that they don't normally report on runaway cases but, in light of this uptick in cases, they will begin to do so.
Not all of these children are runaways. Someone, somewhere, knows exactly where they are.
To leave tips for police on missing persons in and around Cleveland, call 216-623-7697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.