If you look at the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and read statistics of the most populous US states and their respective reported cases of missing children, you’ll see that as of 2016, there are 327 missing children in the State of Texas, the second most populous state in the US, with 27.5M inhabitants.
The number of missing children in Texas is less than the 392 cases of missing children in Virginia, with a population of 8.9M, or one third of the population of Texas. Most the nation’s capital, Washington, DC is engulfed by Virginia.
Another anomaly about the missing children in Virginia is that over half of them do not have photographs posted, unlike the reported cases in all of the other states. As the interviewee here asks, “Who would report a child missing and not provide a photograph?”
There’s a more disturbing pattern, having to do with the time of year during which these unphotographed children disappear at greater numbers. The monthly reported cases of missing children in Virginia – without photos posted – starts out early in the year at 3-6 per reported per month. In September, the number jumps to 23. In October, the month of Halloween, that number jumps exponentially again to over 40. During this year’s Election month of November, 74 children went missing in Virginia.
These indices are not readily available. They were carefully compiled by correlating the raw numbers.
You have to see this, to grasp how messed-up this is.