North Carolina Center for Missing Persons

Statistical Information and Reporting

For statistical and report writing purposes the North Carolina Center for Missing Person (NCMP) will be presenting numbers and charts to show the yearly comparisons of numbers for all missing persons reports. Missing Persons reports up by 372.

Missing Persons Report Totals

Juvenile vs Adult 2023

The following chart shows the race count for the year 2023.  The number of black juveniles missing is higher than white juveniles by 2378.  The number of white missing adults remains the highest in the missing adult category by 919.
Juvenile and Adult Race Count 2023
Race by Juvenile Age Groups for Females 2023
Race by Juvenile Age Groups for Males 2023
Special attention has been given to the missing persons reports of juvenile’s due to the high number of reports filed annually. These juvenile are mostly runaways that return voluntarily. Some are habitual runaways and each time they run counts as a report. 

Juvenile Missing by Age and Gender 2023

Missing Endangered Alerts for 2023

Total number of Missing Endangered Alerts for the year of 2023 was 427.
In an effort to show, the effectiveness of the program and where possible improvements can be made, the Center for Missing Persons keeps statistics on all alerts activated.

The criteria for the activation of the Alert remain the same.  Subject must be reported missing to a law enforcement agency and believed to have dementia or a cognitive impairment.

Out of the 427 alerts activated in 2023, 251 left from a private residence. The other 29 were either missing from a group home, assisted living facility or reported by a homeless shelter. 12 were recovered deceased. Out of the 427 alerts of 2023; only 81 were reported as located or recovered because of the activated Missing Endangered Alert. In 2023, 39 people were located out of state that had an active Missing Endangered Alert.

Gender 2023
Other noteworthy stats follow.

The first chart shows the gender comparison, a high number of male’s vs females.  More research will have to be done to try to explain the huge difference.

Also, out of the 427 alerts activated in 2023, 284 are age 50 or older, and 142 are younger than 50.

Race does not play a part in activation but here again, the numbers are unexplainably skewed.
The time-lapse statistics raises questions of why an alert was requested and issued so quickly.  With a majority of the alerts being located within a 24- hour period and without the assist of the alert, we must ask ourselves some question.  “Are we activating too fast?”
Race 2023

Are requesting agencies meeting the criteria for a state alert and is it possible those cases could have been worked at a lower level?

Missing Endangered Alert activations include all ages yet the juvenile count remains low.  Requests show that very few of these juvenile’s are in any eminent danger nor are they runaways with serious cognitive impairments.

Locate Time Duration 2023

Elderly drivers with dementia remain a top priority but most drivers are not in the elderly category of 60 and above.
Age for 2023
Mode of Transport 2023


21 AMBER Alert(s) were activated in 2023 and resulted in 21 successful locate(s).

NCCMP activated the WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert System) system on all alerts that were activated before 10:00pm and after 6:00am. 

North Carolina AMBER Alerts are now on Facebook and Twitter.