National Missing Persons Day is observed on February 3rd every year, and 2023 is no exception. It is celebrated in order to create awareness about the hundreds of unsolved missing person cases across the United States!

This is a subject that is not something that we can easily prepare ourselves for, because we truly never know who, when or how a loved one could go missing. When any person goes missing, everyone no matter what age is just as vulnerable. It could be an adult or infant. Statistics show that women are more likely to vanish than men, and seniors are also at just as high risk. Other environments such as health risks, natural disasters, unforeseeable situations, being held against will, are just a few events that dominate the reason. We are much more fortunate to have tools such as the world-wide web, texting, social media, networking and video surveillance–unlike the tedious and laborious processes of past! New tools have greatly eased the numerous ways to render our help to the families suffering such a loss. Nonetheless, this happens, and when it does, the families and friends are devastated. The amount varies from state to state, and sometimes has to do with populations, with a U.S. state average being 304 cases per year.

Map Information Available by the Department – Reports 2021 to 2023:

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The Latest Information Available by the Department – Reports 2021 to 2023:

State Missing Total Missing(p/100k)
California 2,133 5.30
Florida 1,252 5.60
Texas 1,246 4.11
Arizona 915 12.40
Washington 643 8.04
New York 606 2.96
Michigan 556 5.49
Oregon 432 9.91
Pennsylvania 401 3.06
Tennessee 361 5.10
Ohio 358 3.01
North Carolina 327 3.05
Illinois 317 2.48
Missouri 316 5.09
Alaska 309 41.74
New Jersey 299 3.17
Colorado 292 4.87
Louisiana 266 5.67
Oklahoma 252 6.27
Georgia 250 2.27
Kentucky 248 5.44
Virginia 239 2.71
Alabama 204 4.00
Arkansas 200 6.58
Connecticut 197 5.45
Nevada 192 5.95
South Carolina 184 3.49
Maryland 183 2.91
Minnesota 179 3.07
Indiana 174 2.53
Wisconsin 149 2.50
New Mexico 143 6.70
Massachusetts 126 1.76
West Virginia 120 6.76
Mississippi 115 3.89
Maine 108 7.87
Utah 107 3.13
Hawaii 107 7.21
Idaho 101 5.26
Iowa 86 2.66
Kansas 81 2.73
Montana 71 6.38
Nebraska 61 3.05
Delaware 58 5.70
Vermont 54 8.33
Wyoming 45 7.75
New Hampshire 35 2.51
North Dakota 31 3.82
South Dakota 23 2.53
Rhode Island 20 1.80
TOTAL 15,172 274.06
ENDING 2023 (The latest figures match last year’s and are labelled “2023”–They are the latest figures available from the department).

Missing Persons Reports by State:MISSING PERSONS REPORTS BY STATE - ENDING 2023_cb-svg-piechart.svgMissing Persons State Rankings per 100K Missing:


Resources for Missing Persons:

National Database for Missing Persons:

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NameUs

The “Most Wanted” List for Kidnapping & Missing Persons, FBI List:

Kidnappings & Missing Persons — FBI

The Official Website of The Department of Justice Missing Persons Unit:

Report and Identify Missing Persons: Department of Justice

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My prayers to anyone who has every been affected in any way, shape or manner.

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National Missing Person Day

One thought on “National Missing Person Day – 2023

  1. I think having a missing person is the most horrible thing imaginable. You have nothing to do but wonder, day after day, year after year. I feel that even if a loved one’s deceased body is found, it’s not as bad as not knowing, having that eternal question mark in your head and heart. When a person goes missing, there is never even a chance of closure. Prayers for all those suffering.

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