Nobody knows why Nora Lindell, the main character of Pittard's novel, went missing 30 years ago, but one theory is that she ran away.
Below is some information on modern-day runaways:
Runaways vs throwaways
A runaway episode is either when a child leaves home without permission and stays away overnight; or a child who is away from home chooses not to come home when expected and stays away one night if 14 years or younger, or two nights if 15 years or older. A thrownaway child is one who has been told to leave the home, or is prevented from returning home, by a household adult for a night and no adequate care is provided.
How big is the problem?
According to the National Runaway Switchboard, between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away every year in the United States (representing about 4-7 percent of the US population aged between 7-17 years old). Although the Department of Justice 2002 report puts the number of runaways/throwaways at the low end of this ...