'Slate' Explainer: Figures on Missing Children Many news accounts covering the Missouri kidnapping case claim that more than 800,000 are missing in the United States. The figures are fairly reliable, but often misinterpreted.
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'Slate' Explainer: Figures on Missing Children

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'Slate' Explainer: Figures on Missing Children

'Slate' Explainer: Figures on Missing Children

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Many news accounts covering the Missouri kidnapping case claim that more than 800,000 are missing in the United States. The figures are fairly reliable, but often misinterpreted.

Andy Bowers of the online magazine Slate offers an explanation of how those figures are calculated.