National Missing Persons Day
National Missing Persons Day is observed next on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 (240 days from today).
February 3rd every year is National Missing Persons Day, a good chance to bring awareness to the hundreds of missing person’s cases throughout the United States.
Why National Missing Person Day?
The loss of a person is truly the greatest pain possible. Add to this loss, the fact that a loved one is somewhere you don't know, and your inability to contact them or even know if they're okay can be incredibly frustrating. . Everyone is in daily contact with a parent, mother, sibling, infant, neighbor or co-worker. No one expects them to disappear from their lives mysteriously and without explanation. It's a puzzling thought to entertain. Thinking about it, it's hard to get people who don't know the missing person to get involved.
Inevitably, it's not something we can prepare ourselves for. We really never know when or how a loved one can go missing. We can't identify that person. When a person goes missing, it is likely to be an adult as well as an infant. Women are more likely to disappear than men, and the elderly are also at risk. Health risks, natural disasters, unforeseen circumstances, and of course, the unexpected, are a few events that often constitute and govern the list of figures. Any of these may apply to us.
We are fortunate to have the benefits of hyper connectedness and extensive networking due to the internet and social media. In contrast to a more arduous process than before, social media has eased many ways for us to help families who are suffering such loss.
Neighbors and friends are needed for the families of those who have gone missing. They will need your help to continue finding and spreading the word. Plan your own family at the same time. A top priority to learn and be informed about the many ways that the power and reach of social media can be leveraged to help detect, gather information, and disseminate information about missing people.
Therefore, National Missing Persons Day aims to raise awareness of all missing people’s cases that remain unresolved and then call and encourage people to search for missing persons, share their names and photos and bring them back to their families. . This is much more useful than one would expect. Governments are known to gather a lot of life-changing and insightful information through the calls and emails they receive on this day. Needless to say, this day has proven really effective in helping to crack cases and gather potential leads from such a large audience that the police department could never have dreamed of physical accumulation and interrogation.
History of National Missing Persons Day
On February 3, National Missing Persons Day focuses the nation's attention long enough to recognize a missing person.
It may come as a surprise to know that every day in the United States, approximately 2,300 people are reported missing. For those who report the news and wait for loved ones at home or actively searching, those numbers no longer surprise them.
When a large part of our lives is missing, it leaves a deep void. It is not a space that can be filled. Those who have been through it, who report 2,300 people missing every day, know.
Everyone has friends, mothers, siblings, children, neighbors or co-workers that they see every day. No one expected them to mysteriously and without explanation disappear from their lives. It is a challenging thought to contemplate, which is why it is often difficult to attract the attention of those unfamiliar with the missing person involved.
We often think it won't happen to us. When a person goes missing, it can be an adult as well as a child. Women disappear more than men, and the elderly are also at risk. Health risks, natural disasters, unplanned circumstances and, of course, those against them will make it to the statistical list. All of them are applicable to us.
Families of the missing, neighbors and friends need our support to continue the search, continue to report. At the same time, it's also important to plan for your own family by taking simple steps to get education and awareness.
Fortunately, in today's digital world, that's easier than ever. National Missing Persons Day encourages you to stay vigilant, share their names, photos and bring them home to their families.
Jo Ann Lowitzer established National Missing Persons Day to raise awareness of the needs of missing people. Her daughter, Alexandria, went missing in 2010. Continuity of alertness and awareness improves the chances of returning loved ones to their families.
How to celebrate National Missing Persons Day
1. Check out dedicated websites and understand all the tools you have to help.
2. Look at the official government post with pictures of all the people who have gone missing to check if you can recognize a face. Take your time, don't rush through them.
3. If and when you recognize someone on the list, contact the designated agencies and let them know anything you know.
4. If you find anyone from your social media post about a missing person. Spread that message through your social media to encourage people around the world to get involved.
5. Use the hashtags #NationalMissingPersonsDay and #MissingPersonDay when you share a post on social media.
ObservedNational Missing Persons Day has been observed annually on February 3rd.
Thursday, February 3rd, 2022
Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
Monday, February 3rd, 2025
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2026
Jo Ann Lowitzer on November 30th, 2017