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Latvian Police receive up to 1,000 missing person reports annually

BC, Riga, 07.12.2017.Print version
Each year, the State Police receive 700 to 1,000 missing person reports, but most of the missing persons are eventually found, the State Police's representatives told Saeima Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee yesterday, cites LETA.

There are various reasons why a person is reported missing. In some cases, the missing person's relatives turn to the police, which then find out that the person either does not want to see his or her relatives, or has not yet informed them about his or her whereabouts.


The number of missing person reports increases significantly in the fall, when people tend to overestimate their orienteering skills and get lost in forests.


Another group is children who run away from children's centers, boarding schools, or dysfunctional families, sometimes several times a year.


Of missing persons who are found dead, more than 98% have died in different accidents or committed suicide.


On the average, thirty to fifty missing persons are not found by the police annually.

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