Every 40 seconds in America, a child goes missing.

According to the Child Crime Prevention and Safety Center about 840,000 people go missing every year, and 85 to 90 percent of those missing are children.

After the article, you'll find a photo gallery of missing children in Montana from the Montana Missing Persons Database.

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Family Abductions

About half of all child abductions reported are Family Abductions.  A Family Abduction is typically a parental abduction and a large number of those taking the children are women.

Non Family/Stranger Abduction

Twenty Seven percent of all child abductions and kidnappings are by non-family members and acquaintances.   These types of abductions are generally of females and teenagers and usually comes with another crime like sexual assault. Stranger abduction usually happens outside and with the help of a gun. These generally result in sexual assault for female victims and robbery for male victims.


One in seven kids from ten to eighteen will run away from home.  Seventy five percent of the runaways are females.  Between twenty and forty percent of runaways are part of the LGBTQ community.  Half of runaways are running from physical or sexual abuse by a member of their household.

What do you do if you find a missing child

Best advice is DO NOT take the child with you.  Call 911 and try and keep the child in the area.  If you can't keep the child in the area, get as much information as you can from the child (clothing, description, etc) and the vehicle the child is being taken in.

You can also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Their number is 800-THE LOST or 800-843-5678.

Below is a gallery of the missing Montana children from the database. Please take a minute to view the gallery.  It would be great to get these kids home.

Montana Missing Children March 2023

Montana Missing Children March 2023