COLUMBUS, Ohio - In honor of National Missing Children's Day, observed on May 25 of each year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine attended a balloon launch at Columbus Preparatory for the 690 children currently missing in Ohio.
DeWine also released the annual Ohio Attorney General's Missing Children Clearinghouse report tallying a total of 19,219 missing children reports in 2012, and of those reports 98.8 percent of those children returned home safely.
"Some of these children have been missing for decades, but the discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight in Cleveland this month reminds us that we can't give up hope," said DeWine in a press release.
Attorney General DeWine and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children encourage parents to talk to their children about safety and gave some guidelines for parents:
- Teach children how and when to use 911.
- Walk or drive the route to and from school with children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they're being followed or need help.
- Remind children it's okay to say no to anything that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
- Practice "what-if" situations and asks children how they would respond.
For more information on starting the conversation with children about safety, visit http://www.take25.org .
To view photos and other information about current missing children being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, visit www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/missingchildren