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Dept. of Public Safety: Number of missing juveniles not out of the ordinary

The number of missing juveniles in Iowa is not out of the ordinary, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

"In light of the missing person investigation of Mollie Tibbetts, concerns have come to light about the number of juveniles reported missing in Iowa in recent weeks," Iowa DPS said in a statement.

4,311 juveniles were reported missing to The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse in FY2017, an average of approximately 12 juveniles a day.  The vast majority of which are found or returned home within 24 hours—typically, these cases are runaway situations.

The number of missing juveniles reported in recent weeks is in line with historical numbers.  

More information on missing persons in Iowa can be found here

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