· Did you know that 99% of all abductions in the United States are parental. More children are killed during parental abductions than stranger abductions.
· Parental abductions occur most frequently as relationships end and custody becomes an issue.
· The most prevalent quality in families that experience abduction is domestic violence.
· The motivating factor of the parental abductor is revenge and rarely involves the consideration and welfare of the victim child.
· Remember when investigating a parental abduction case that a child may be a great risk with their own parent.
Call Find the Children for help and resources: 888-477-6721
First Responding Officer - Checklist On Scene:
Broadcast a BOL bulletin without delay to all police communications channels/other patrol officers/law enforcement agencies.
Interview reporting party to verify the child is missing (NOTE: a child abducted by a parent is still a missing child)
Verify child’s custody status
Identify circumstance of disappearance and do a risk assessment.
Determine WHEN, WHERE, & BY WHOM the child was last seen
Identify the child victim’s “comfort zone” (in terms of how far from home and where the child is used to going on his/her own)
Based on available information make an initial determination of the type of abduction (Family, Non-Family or Other)
Obtain detailed descriptions of the victim, abductor, family history, vehicles, etc.
Broadcast updated information.
Treat any disappearance as an abduction case until further information is developed.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Department of Justice
Local District Attorney Child Abduction Unit
California Highway Patrol
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