Twice fewer missing children

Police have recorded twice as many reports of missing children in Quebec this year as they did 5 years ago.

The RCMP’s annual report shows a fourth consecutive decline in the disappearance of children in our territory. This number increased from 7,056 five years ago to 3,456 in 2021.

It should be noted that in the country 67% of young people were found in the first hours following the report while 92% of them were sighted in the first week.

For the general director of Réseau Enfants-Retour, the only non-profit organization in Quebec that accompanies the loved ones of a missing child, Pina Arcamone, these statistics are encouraging, even if they remain insufficient.

“We agree that 3,000 missing is still 3,000 too many. The struggle is far from over, we must focus on the importance of educating our young people, “said Ms.myself Arcamon.

A portrait of what your sister might look like today.

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A portrait of what your sister might look like today.

According to her, this fall is explained by a greater awareness of the population on this issue. There is also the pandemic, which has led to school closures, confinement and teleworking.

In the hope of maintaining this decline, the Missing Children’s Network is organizing an awareness campaign in schools, community centers and nurseries to better “equip” parents and their children.

Unresolved cases

As part of the missing children month in May, the organization will turn the spotlight on an unsolved disappearance case in Quebec, via social networks. “People are invited to share the notices of kidnapping and leave a message of empathy for the families who are still waiting for a resolution,” said the general manager.

After accumulating more than $ 25,000 last year to help families in need, this year the Missing Children’s Network will seek to raise $ 10,000 which will be redistributed.

“We want to make noise to find missing children, but also to protect our young people from evildoers.”

Sense of guilt

Most families never give up, not even decades after a disappearance. This is the case of Adolphe Carrier, whose little sister Diane passed away in 1963 at the age of 6.

On Friday, September 27, 1963, at dinner time, seven-year-old Adolphe Carrier returned from an evening at the park with friends. When he arrives home in Quebec’s Old Port, his mother asks him where his little sister went to look for him.

Worried, the boy quickly returns to try to find her. Almost 60 years later, he is still looking for Diane.

“The most difficult thing, even today, is trust. When your father tells you that you are good for nothing all your childhood, at some point he is sure that he is going through your head, “admits Adolphe Carrier.

To mitigate this sense of guilt that has inhabited him for so long, the one who now resides in La Doré, in Lac-Saint-Jean, wants people to take a moment to analyze his sister’s physical appearance, in case they knew a similar looking woman.

“It only takes one person to make a difference,” he recalls.

Easy to remember tips

The Missing Children’s Network offers easy-to-follow advice for families. Pina Arcamone advises parents to create a password system with trusted adults around them.

In this way the young person will be able to ask for the secret code from the person who tries to approach, and if he is unable to answer correctly, the child will understand that he has to get away as quickly as possible.

Mr. Carrier believes small gestures can make a difference, while adding that sadly this kind of drama “doesn’t just happen to others”.


Number of children reported missing in Quebec

  • 2017: 7025
  • 2018: 5927
  • 2019: 5805
  • 2020: 3831
  • 2021: 3456

Young people quickly found each other

59% disappearances involve girls

67% children are found in the early hours, ninety two% in the first week

Near 80% disappearances involve runaway children

Source: National Center for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (CNPDRN)

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