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Number of missing persons files in the U.S. by race 2019

In 2019, there were 359,768 cases filed by the NCIC where the race of the reported missing was white. In the same year, 20,587 people were missing whose race was unknown.

What is the NCIC?

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a digital database that stores crime data for the United States, so criminal justice agencies can access it. As a part of the FBI, it helps criminal justice professionals find criminals, missing people, stolen property, and terrorists. The NCIC database is broken down into 21 files. Seven files belong to stolen property and items, and 14 belong to persons, including the National Sex Offender Register, Missing Person, and Identify Theft. It works alongside federal, tribal, state, and local agencies. The NCIC’s goal is to maintain a centralized information system between local branches and offices, so information is easily accessible nationwide.

Missing people in the United States

A person is considered missing when they have disappeared and their location is unknown. A person who is considered missing might have left voluntarily, but that is not always the case. The number of the NCIC unidentified person files in the United States has fluctuated since 1990, and in 2019, there were more NCIC missing person files for males as compared to females. Fortunately, the number of NCIC missing person files has been steadily decreasing since 1998.

Number of NCIC missing persons files in the United States in 2019, by race

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Release date

February 2020


United States

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Supplementary notes

The source included Hispanic cases under the category of white.

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