In October, November and December, AMBER Alert Europe mapped 1266 missing children. This is almost double the amount of children mapped in the third quarter of 2016. For 6 children an AMBER Alert was issued. All children were recovered within 24 hours.

The 6 AMBER Alerts were issued in France (1), Greece (2) and the Czech Republic (3). In October, the French authorities issued an AMBER Alert for a 4 month old girl from Grenoble. The infant was found safe and sound the next day. All other AMBER Alert children were safely recovered within 24 hours as well.

1266 missing children

In the fourth quarter of 2016 AMBER Alert Europe mapped 1266 missing children as reported by law enforcement and police mandated organisations from 22 European Union Member States and Switzerland[1]. Facts and figures:

  • 878 children recovered within one month
  • Average age of missing children: 15 years old
  • The majority of missing children were girls: 691 girls vs. 575 boys
  • 95% of the missing children mapped by AMBER Alert had a photo available


[1] AMBER Alert Europe maps information on missing children which was made publicly available by official sources from law enforcement or other police mandated organisations from 21 European member states and Switzerland. Please see here for an overview of websites mapped by AMBER Alert Europe. The number of children reported as missing will be considerable higher than those who are given publicity. This is because the vast majority of missing children are found quickly, not every case is suitable for publicity and of those that are publicised, not all are put on a website (often because other means of publicity are more appropriate).