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Missing Persons

Welcome to the SD DCI Missing Persons web site.  This site will primarily be used to display information about missing persons in South Dakota, along with links to national and state resources.

 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) , established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit organization, serves as a clearinghouse of information on missing and exploited children; provides technical assistance to citizens and law enforcement agencies; offers training programs to law enforcement and social service professionals; distributes photographs and descriptions of missing children nationwide; coordinated child protection efforts with the private sector; networks with nonprofit service providers and state clearinghouses on missing persons; and provides information on effective state legislation to ensure the protection of children.

 CyberTipline
The CyberTipline handles leads from individuals reporting the sexual exploitation of children.

State Missing Child Clearinghouses Program

A 24-hour, toll-free telephone line is open for those who have information on missing and exploited children: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). This number is available throughout the United State, Canada, and Mexico.  The TDD line is 1-800-826-7653.  The NCMEC business number is (703) 224-2150.  The NCMEC facsimile number is (703) 224-2122.

South Dakota Missing Children Statistics

Year Entries Made Entries Canceled
1997 1,761 1,757
1998 1,491 1,478
1999 1,320 1,324
2000 1,398 1,417
2001 1,205 1,216
2002 1,122 1,151
2003 1,181 1,138
2004 1,031 1,040
2005 1,022 1,033
2006 1,118

1,138

2007 1,173 1,198
2008 1,163 1,161
2009 1,088

1,092

2010 1,092

1,099

2011 1,287

1,256

2012 1,537 1,540
2013 1,375 1,391

Note: South Dakota usually has between 30 and 50 active missing children cases at any given time.

Other missing persons categories have remained consistent over the last 5 years with totals on December 31, 2013 of:

  • 17 active endangered missing in NCIC
  • 3 active involuntary missing in NCIC
  • 3 active disability missing in NCIC