Abduction: Closure and hope
Girls return home after 10 years in captivity, renewing hopes for other missing kids.
Like something out of the plot of a movie, three US girls who went missing almost a decade ago in separate incidents managed to escape the house where they have been held captive since their abductions, according to News24.The response from family and the public has ranged from elation to utter surprise. The more common outcome of a long-term missing child is that they are no longer living, but, it would appear, parents never give up the hope of finding their children alive.

You can read all about how the girls, now grown women, achieved their freedom on news sites, although many of the circumstances surrounding their disappearance and resurfacing aren’t yet available as the case is ongoing.

The families of the three girls, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had reportedly kept up the search for the trio for the entirety of their disappearance, including keeping their names in the media by holding candlelit vigils.

Gina’s mother is said to be overjoyed at the recovery of her daughter, according to family, as is the sister of Amanda Berry. Berry is also said to have had a child while in captivity (the child is six-years-old and is safe), although Berry’s mother three years after her daughter’s abduction after her health deteriorated, although she never gave up the hope that her daughter would be found alive.

A 52-year-old man living in the house from which they escaped was arrested in connection with the case and is in custody. He is said to be a former school bus driver, and has lived at the address since 1992. His two brothers have also been arrested.

Speculation is that the girls may have been the victims of a child trafficking syndicate, although there is no evidence that supports this theory at this stage. All three had been kept tied up in a dungeon in the house.

The astounding case is going to provide a renewed interest in other cases of missing children, sometimes cold cases where the search has been completely called off, and will stir up plenty of emotions amongst the families of those children who remain missing.

It was recently reported that the family of Madeleine McCann are looking forward to a renewed search for their daughter, who went missing 6 years ago, when the child was three.

Never give up: Some practical resources on coping with and avoiding child abduction

The common theme of many online resources aimed at helping the families cope with non-parental abductions (when the child has gone missing and a family member or parent has not abducted the child) is “Never give up”.

Apart from keeping the case alive in the minds of the community, there are also extensive improvements over time in the ability of national and even international agencies in tracking children.

There are frequently cases where abducted children are murdered, but time remains an issue with all cases of abduction. If you’d like to find out more about how to avoid child abduction, you can read more about it on Parent24.
For now, it’s exciting to have not just one, but three good news stories of abduction girls being returned home after such a long time away.

If your child was abducted, would you never give up the search? Would you help other parents if their child went missing, even after a decade has passed?

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