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.
How many missing children can we find with the power of social media?— NCMEC (@MissingKids) May 25, 2019
For #NationalMissingChildrensDay watch @JamieNCommons @SkylarGrey and @SoGallant in #RunawayTrain25, the first music video made to find #MissingKids in your area. See it at https://t.co/I32ahKEMwy pic.twitter.com/7KGWuctlBQ
Nationally, thousands of people are missing or allegedly kidnapped. You can view more information and the full list of missing people here.
In recognition of National #MissingChildrensDay—observed annually on May 25—the FBI reaffirms its year-round commitment to reuniting missing and kidnapped children with their families. Help the FBI bring them home. https://t.co/aPXMCjfEpF pic.twitter.com/hGkJ4kmVhP— FBI (@FBI) May 25, 2019
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.
May 25th is National Missing Children's Day— NCMEC (@MissingKids) May 25, 2019
35 years ago, after several tragedies, @John_Walsh and Revé Walsh along with President Ronald Reagan officially opened the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) https://t.co/lZnNnVvag3 pic.twitter.com/csLbnmrElO
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.