FBI Observes National Missing Children’s Day
On May 25, 2017 Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Denver Field Office, reaffirmed the FBI’s continuing support of National Missing Children’s Day, observed today, May 25, 2017.
To commemorate National Missing Children’s Day, the Denver Field Office continues to seek information related to Lashaya Stine, missing from Aurora, Colorado since the summer of 2016. On July 15th, 2016 Lashaya Stine left her home around 2:00 a.m. She was last seen in the area of East Montview Boulevard and North Peoria Street in the early morning hours. Lashaya was scheduled for a job interview on July 16, but never arrived. She has not made any attempts to contact family members or friends since she has been gone. This case is being investigated by the FBI and the Aurora Police Department.
If you have any information regarding a missing child, please contact your local FBI field office, your local police department, or call 9-1-1. Tips may also be submitted to the FBI through tips.fbi.gov.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.
Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this noble cause. More information can be found at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/missingchildrensday/.
In 1932, the FBI was given jurisdiction under the “Lindbergh Law” to immediately investigate any reported mysterious disappearance or kidnapping involving a child of “tender age”—usually 12 or younger. However, the FBI can become involved with any missing child under the age of 18 as an assisting agency to the local police department. There does not have to be a ransom demand, and the child does not have to cross the state lines or be missing for 24 hours. Research indicates the quicker the reporting of the disappearance or abduction, the more likely the successful outcome in returning the child unharmed.
The FBI is fully committed to support local law enforcement partners investigating missing and endangered children. More information regarding these children can be found on the FBI’s website at: www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap.