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National Missing Children's Day 2019: These are Florida's missing children

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Posted at 12:37 PM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 12:37:07-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Saturday is National Missing Children's Day and in Florida, there are hundreds of children still missing.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says there are 349 children missing in the state. For a full list, click here.

Annually, over 400,000 children are reported missing in the U.S.

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Nationally, thousands of people are missing or allegedly kidnapped. You can view more information and the full list of missing people here.

May 25 was designated National Missing Children's Day in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. May 25 is the anniversary of the disapperarance of Etan Patz.

Patz was abducted in 1979 while walking two blocks from his home to his bus stop in Manhattan. He was 6-years old.

Pedro Hernandez was convicted of abducting and killing Patz in 2017, according to History.com. He was 18-years old at the time and worked at a bodega near the bus stop.

Hernandez confessed to luring Patz into the bodega and strangling him, according to History.com. Patz's body was never found.

Every year since, the U.S. Department of Justice commemorates the day with a ceremony that honors the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations and individuals to protect children.

If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-843-5678. You can also send in a tip online here.