Iowa DPS: No unusual spike in missing juveniles

DES MOINES, Iowa-    The Iowa Department of Public Safety is releasing some statistics on missing juveniles, in light of the Mollie Tibbits case.

Authorities say in FY 2017 4,311 juveniles were reported missing to The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse.  

This is an average of approximately 12 juveniles a day.  

Authorities say the vast majority of which are found or returned home within 24 hours. Typically these cases are runaway situations. 

The DPS says the number of missing juveniles reported in recent weeks is in line with historical numbers. 

 For additional information on missing persons in Iowa please visit the Department of Public Safety’s website at:

 (Photo of 16-year-old Jake Wilson, missing from La Porte City, Iowa)

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A vigil for Jake

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