The Missing: Background information when reading Gone Girl

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Gone Girl

A Novel

by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
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    Jun 2012, 432 pages
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The Missing

According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center, 678,860 people were reported missing in 2011. The suspected cause of a disappearance was only recorded in about half of all cases. Of these, 3% were adults; 96% were juvenile runaways, about 1% were abducted by a non-custodial parent, and 0.1% abducted by a stranger. It should be noted that the police are required to alert the NCIC of any person under 21 who is missing, thus the NCIC stats should be a fairly accurate count of missing juveniles, but likely underestimate the number of adults who went missing, as those who were located within a short period of time were probably not reported to the NCIC.

The vast majority of missing person cases are cleared each year. In fact, in 2011 the NCIC actually cleared more cases than were opened; but this superficially happy fact should not detract from the sheer terror that a person goes through while a loved one is missing, nor the real danger that a runaway child is in.

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