In April, May and June, AMBER Alert Europe shared information about 1016 missing children with the public. Almost 75 percent of these children were recovered safe and sound within one month. For 6 children a national AMBER Alert was issued.

In June, a French AMBER Alert, a so-called Alerte Enlèvement, was issued for a 5 year-old boy from Melun (FR). The child was kidnapped by his father and brought to his grandmother’s house. Police tracked both father and child down within mere hours. The boy was found unharmed.

1016 missing children

In the first quarter of 2017, AMBER Alert Europe mapped 1016 missing children as reported by law enforcement and police mandated organisations from 22 European Union Member States and Switzerland[1]. Facts and figures:

  • 746 children recovered within one month
  • Average age of missing children: 14 years old
  • The majority of missing children were girls: 567 girls vs. 449 boys
  • 93% of the missing children mapped by AMBER Alert had a photo available